The Cutline

Ratings: ABC/Yahoo News Republican debate drew biggest audience of 2012 race so far

Dylan Stableford
The Cutline

View photo


Perry and Romney at the Republican debate, Dec. 10, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP/Charlie Neibergall)

The ABC News/Yahoo News Republican presidential debate drew 7.58 million total viewers on Saturday night, making it the most-watched GOP debate of the 2012 campaign season so far.

The two-hour debate--moderated by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos from Des Moines, Iowa--also drew 2.1 million 25-to-54-year-old viewers, according to Nielsen data, more from that age demographic than any other 2012 GOP debate has.

The next most-viewed debate was Fox News' Google co-hosted affair on Sept 22. in Orlando, Fla., which drew 6.11 million total viewers, including 1.7 million 25-to-54-year-olds.

Before Saturday, the most recent televised GOP primary debate--Nov. 22 on CNN--drew 5.48 million total viewers and 1.52 million adults 25-to-54.

MSNBC's Sept. 7 debate from the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., drew 1.73 million 25-to-54-year-olds, now second among all 2012 debates in that demographic.

ALSO READ: Why the next 10 days are the most critical of the GOP campaign

ABC and Yahoo's next primetime debate--from New Hampshire--is scheduled for Saturday, January 7 at 9 p.m.; the next GOP debate--co-hosted by Fox News and the Republican Party of Iowa--is slated for Thursday.

The debate ratings so far:

May 5, 2011 | Fox News
TOTAL VIEWERS: 3,258,000 25-TO-54-YEAR-OLDS: 854,000

June 13, 2011 | CNN
TOTAL VIEWERS: 3,162,000 25-TO-54-YEAR-OLDS: 918,000

August 11, 2011 | Fox News
TOTAL VIEWERS: 5,050,000 25-TO-54-YEAR-OLDS: 1,426,000

Sept. 7, 2011 | NBC/MSNBC
TOTAL VIEWERS: 5,411,000 25-TO-54-YEAR-OLDS: 1,728,000

Sept. 12, 2011 | CNN
TOTAL VIEWERS: 3,613,000 25-TO-54-YEAR-OLDS: 1,132,000

Sept. 22, 2011 | Fox New/Google
TOTAL VIEWERS: 6,107,000 25-TO-54-YEAR-OLDS: 1,701,000

Oct. 11, 2o11 | Bloomberg

Oct. 18, 2011 | CNN
TOTAL VIEWERS: 5,468,000 25-TO-54-YEAR-OLDS: 1,651,000

Nov. 9, 2011 | CNBC
TOTAL VIEWERS: 3,332,000 25-TO-54-YEAR-OLDS: 993,000

Nov. 12, 2011 | CBS
TOTAL VIEWERS: 5,480,000 25-TO-54-YEAR-OLDS: 1,520,000

Nov. 22, 2011 | CNN
TOTAL VIEWERS: 3,599,000 25-TO-54-YEAR-OLDS: 1,041,000

Dec. 10, 2011 | ABC/Yahoo News

Source | Nielsen

Other popular Yahoo! News stories:
Analysis: Newt Gingrich survives first big night of attacks
Meet Steve Deace: Iowa radio's Christian conservative hitmaker—and hitman
If the 2012 election were decided on Twitter, Ron Paul would be our next president

View Comments (0)