Good news for CNN-YouTube debate


NEW YORK -- Monday's CNN-YouTube debate brought in pretty good numbers, delivering the highest viewership for a primary debate in adults 18-34 in cable news history.

The two-hour debate featured answers from the Democratic candidates responding to videos from YouTube users. It was moderated by CNN's Anderson Cooper live on Monday night from the Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

The debate averaged 2.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research, making it the second-most-watched debate so far this season. It was just behind CNN's June 3 Democratic candidates debate in New Hampshire that averaged 2.8 million viewers and ahead of Fox News Channel's May 15 GOP candidates debate that had an average audience of 2.5 million viewers.

Included in those viewership numbers were 407,000 adults 18-34, which topped the previous record of 368,000 in the demographic for the June 3 debate from New Hampshire. Both are higher than the previous record holders, CNN's Feb. 15, 2000, GOP debate (357,000), Fox News Channel's Jan. 22, 2004, Democratic candidates debate (340,000) and MSNBC's South Carolina debate on April 26, 2007 (327,000).

Among adults 25-54, the YouTube debate averaged 890,000 compared with CNN's New Hampshire debate that averaged 1.1 million in the demo.