Viewership for the latest Republican presidential debate averaged more viewers than any other program on the night except for CBS’ “NCIS,” television’s most-watched scripted series, according to live- plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen.
The debate averaged 13.45 million viewers, the most for any program aired on the Fox Business Network, which was launched in October 2007. “NCIS,” was the night’s most-watched program, averaging 16.68 million viewers.
While the numbers all seemed good, Tuesday night’s debate nevertheless drew a smaller audience than any of the three previous Republican presidential debates this year. The Aug. 6 debate on Fox News Channel averaged 24 million viewers, the most for a non-sports program in cable television history. The Sept. 16 debate on CNN averaged 23.06 million viewers, the most in the history of the network that began broadcasting in 1980.
The Oct. 28 debate on CNBC averaged 14.01 million viewers.
—Staff and wire reports