December presidential debate had fewest viewers this election cycle

The Democratic primary debate on Thursday drew the fewest viewers of any of the debate in the 2020 election cycle so far.

The debate, hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico and broadcast on CNN, had an average of 6.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen Fast National data. CNN averaged slightly more than 4 million viewers, with PBS accounting a bit more than 2 million.

Although an audience of that size would normally be staggering for any of the cable news networks, it came in as the least-watched debate. Last month’s debate, which was hosted by MSNBC and had 6.6 million viewers, was the lowest-rated debate until Thursday night.

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