GOP Debate Ratings Are Kind of Incredible

24M Americans tuned in
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2015 2:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Trump factor? As the pundits (and even candidates) squabble over who won last night's debate, Nielsen figures give the crown to a different champ: Fox News. An estimated 24 million Americans watched the prime-time debate, far more than any primary debate in history, reports CNNMoney. In fact, the figure "tripled the largest audience for any previous debate."

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What's more, it was the highest rated show on Fox News in the network's 20-year history, says a spokeswoman. The Daily Beast notes that the number of viewers exceeds the 23 million who watched the last game of the 2014 World Series; CNNMoney points out that 13.7 million people tuned into Letterman's last show. (Read more Republican debate stories.)

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