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Cable News Ratings: Fox’s Monday Night GOP Debate

Fox News continued to ride the wave of successful debate ratings with Monday night’s GOP event from South Carolina. Moderated by South Carolina native Bret Baier, the debate — the first held since the field whittled down to five major candidates — pulled in 5.5 million total viewers, with 1.6 million coming from the 25-to-54 year-old demographic.

The event was the highest-rated Monday debate so far in this primary cycle, as the previous two Monday debates had averaged a combined 3.39 million total viewers, with 1.025 in the demo. It also improved on the numbers of the previous debate — seen on NBC Jan. 8 — by over 1.3 million viewers.

Fox News’ ratings are especially impressive considering the debate was held on a holiday that capped off a three-day weekend for most people. Plus, Monday has been an especially poor night for debate ratings, yielding the lowest average total viewer pull of any night:

Average Debate Viewers By Day Of The Week:

Saturday: 6.46 million
Thursday: 5.28 million
Tuesday: 4.55 million
Wednesday: 4.37 million
Sunday: 4.15 million
Monday: 4.08 million

The next debate — and the final before the South Carolina primary — is scheduled for Thursday night at 8 p.m. (Eastern) on CNN, and will be moderated by John King.

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