CBS News to Offer ‘Enhanced Viewer Experience’ in Upcoming Presidential Debate

Oct 26, 2015  •  Post A Comment

CBS News has something special in mind for its upcoming presidential debate. Deadline.com reports that the network will partner with Twitter to offer what CBS calls an “enhanced viewer experience” in connection with the Democratic debate, scheduled for Nov. 14.

“Twitter will provide CBS News with real-time data and ‘insights,’ as well as live reaction and questions from voters across the country, some of which may be used in the debate,” the story reports.

John Dickerson of “Face the Nation” will be principal moderator for the debate, which will use the official hashtag #DemDebate.

Adam Sharp, head of News, Government and Elections for Twitter, said in today’s announcement: “As the 2016 presidential election cycle begins to heat up, we’ve seen more and more voters across the country join the live presidential debate conversation on Twitter.”

It was unknown whether Donald Trump, who live-tweeted the first Democratic debate, will do something similar this time around.

“Trump has taken credit for goosing ratings on this month’s first Dem debate when he announced he would live-tweet the Anderson Cooper-moderated Q&A with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Those Other Three Guys,” Deadline reports. “That debate wound up clocking a record 16M viewers for CNN, even without Joe Biden.”

That number made CNN’s Democratic debate the sixth-biggest non-sports cable telecast of all time, the report notes. In the key news demo of viewers 25-54 it was the highest-rated Democratic debate ever.

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One Comment

  1. Will the ratings go down since it is quickly becoming a coronation. After Sanders deference to Hillary in the last debate you have to wonder why anyone would watch this time. It is not likely to be very entertaining, unless someone makes a major gaff. It is like watching the NASCAR race waiting for a crash.

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