Wednesday night’s first of two Democratic primary debates scheduled for this week delivered solid viewership numbers across NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. Variety reports that the telecast drew a total of 15.3 million viewers.
The debate featured Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker and Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, among others. The viewership number was “a significantly lower figure than the 24 million people who tuned in to watch Donald Trump’s first debate on Fox News in August of 2015, but only slightly fewer than the 15.7 million viewers for the equivalent Democratic debate on CNN,” Variety reports.
The report adds: “In terms of the breakdown by network, [Wednesday’s] debate was watched by 8.67 million viewers on NBC, 5.87 million on MSNBC, and around 700,000 on Telemundo. Ratings-wise, the debate posted a 2.2 in the 25-54 demographic on NBC, a 1.1 by the same measurement on MSNBC, and a 0.27 on Telemundo.”
The second debate is taking place tonight, with contenders including Sen. Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg scheduled to take part.