CBS Democratic Debate Draws 8.5 Million Viewers

debateAccording to preliminary ratings from Nielsen, CBS’ Democratic presidential debate on Saturday night drew an average of 8.5 million total viewers.

It’s the lowest rated debate so far, and a far cry from the 15.3 million viewers that CNN attracted last month for the first Democratic debate. That contest was the highest rated Democratic debate in history.

The debate was also live streamed on CBSN, the network’s live video streaming service. While many worried that the debate would be overshadowed by college football games on ABC and Fox, more people still tuned into the debate, which was the most-watched show of the night. Critics have contended that Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is purposely “hiding” and limiting debates in order to perpetuate a coronation for Hillary Clinton.

By comparison, Fox Business Network’s Republican presidential debate last Tuesday drew 13.5 million viewers, and was live streamed by more people than the 2015 Super Bowl.

Mediaite columnist Joe Concha praised CBS for the debate, writing in a column that the network used local moderators effectively and integrated real-time social media responses.

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