CNN Debate Ratings Up Slightly In Final Tussle Before Iowa Caucus

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The final Democratic primary debate ahead of the Iowa Caucus featured the fewest candidates to date, which lent itself to more airtime per candidate, but for broadcaster CNN, it did not equate to more viewers.

According to Nielsen figures released by CNN, the Des Moines debate co-hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register, over 7 million viewers tuned in to watch between the hours of 9 PM and 11 Pm.

Early figures reveal that 7.3 million tuned into CNN, of which 2.0 million were in the target 25-54 demo. Fox News enjoyed over 3 million viewers at that time, while MSNBC had 1.7 million viewers. Additionally, CNN’s live stream of the CNN Democratic Debate saw 4.0
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