CNN Draws 5 Million Viewers with S.C. Debate


CNN's Republican debate in South Carolina Thursday night averaged 5.03 million total viewers from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., according to Nielsen fast nationals.

That audience made it only the 10th most-watched debate of this election cycle, drawing fewer viewers that Fox News Channel's coverage on Jan. 16, but more than the NBC/Meet the Press forum on Jan. 8.
CNN fared much better among the target adults 25-to-54 demo, drawing 1.72 million of those viewers, the fifth-largest audience in the demo for a debate this cycle and best showing since ABC's Jan. 7 debate presentation.

The debate helped the network easily lead the other cable news networks Thursday night and rank first in the 10 p.m. hour with Anderson Cooper 360, which featured debate moderator John King talking about his heated exchange with Newt Gingrich.