TV Ratings: Latest Dem Debate Brings Nearly 6 Million Viewers

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The second Clinton-Sanders meeting this March aired on both Univision and CNN.

Just a few days after airing their last meeting, CNN simulcast Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders' latest Democratic debate with Univision — and, in the aftermath of the surprise Sanders win in Michigan and the prime Wednesday time slot, the audience was slightly improved.

Across both networks, the debate averaged 5.95 million viewers. The breakdown gives CNN two-thirds of that audience with nearly 4 million viewers. And while it outperformed the March 6 event, it was not as high as the last Dem simulcast in February.

With the debate, and Anderson Cooper's 8 p.m. interview with Donald Trump, CNN won cable news' primetime race with an average 3.2 million viewers and 1.1 million adults 25-54 between 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

Two more debates are currently scheduled for both parties, with the penultimate GOP debate airing Thursday night on CNN. Clinton and Sanders, locked in an increasingly close battle for the Democratic nomination, are next set to square off in April.

See below for the increasingly long rundown of debate audiences to date.

RNC

Aug. 6 — 24 million (FNC)
Sept. 16 — 23 million (CNN)
Oct. 28 — 14 million (CNBC)
Nov. 10 — 13.5 million (FBN)
Dec. 15 — 18.2 million (CNN)
Jan. 14 — 11.1 million (FBN)
Jan. 28 — 12.5 million (FNC)
Feb. 6 — 13.2 million (ABC)
Feb. 13 — 13.5 million (CBS)
Feb. 25 — 14.5 million (CNN/Telemundo)
March 3 — 16.9 million (FNC)

DNC

Oct. 13 — 15.8 million (CNN)
Nov. 14 — 8.6 million (CBS)
Dec. 19 — 8.0 million (ABC)
Jan. 17 — 10.2 million (NBC)
Feb. 4 — 4.5 million (MSNBC)
Feb. 11 — 8.0 million (PBS/CNN)
March 6 — 5.5 million (CNN)
March 9 — 5.9 million (CNN)



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