Democratic debate scores for MSNBC


NEW YORK -- Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate from Drexel University in Philadelphia gave MSNBC its best performance for a debate so far this year.

Nielsen Media Research estimated that the two-hour debate averaged 2.46 million viewers, which made it the fifth-most-viewed debate on cable in the campaign season. The top debate remains from Fox News Channel, which featured the GOP candidates on Sept. 5, when 3.2 million viewers tuned in. The top Democratic debate was June 3 on CNN with 2.8 million viewers.

MSNBC said there were 757,000 adults 25-54 who tuned in. MSNBC's post-debate coverage, anchored by Chris Matthews, averaged 1.3 million viewers between 11 p.m. EDT and midnight. Brian Williams and Tim Russert moderated the debate that started at 9 p.m. EDT.