Friday, January 17, 2020

Primetime 'Jeopardy' trounces Iowa Democratic presidential debate in TV ratings

7.3 Million Watched Democrats Debate in Iowa as First Votes Loom.  (The New York Times, 1/15/2020)
For all its importance to the future of the country, the Democratic primary is vying for cultural attention with a still-unspooling impeachment drama, playoff football, post-holiday doldrums and the temporarily imminent prospect of war with Iran. 
Despite that, viewership for Tuesday’s debate — with six candidates, the smallest lineup of the election cycle — edged the last two Democratic meetings in December and November, each of which failed to crack the seven million mark.

Related reading:
Record Ratings for Democratic Debate as America Tunes In to 2020. (The New York Times, 6/28/2019)
The ratings, released by Nielsen on Friday, beat the 15.5 million viewers who watched the previous record-holder for a Democratic debate, a meeting of five candidates on CNN in October 2015. The audience was also greater than the one for Wednesday’s round of the Miami debate, which featured fewer star politicians and was seen by roughly 15.3 million viewers.

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