Republican Debate Viewership Dips: Second Event Draws Only 9.5 Million Audience

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 09/28/2023
The viewership for the second Republican presidential debate this week was lower compared to the first debate in August. Approximately 9.5 million people watched Wednesday night's event.

The front-runner, former President Donald Trump, chose not to participate in the second consecutive debate, opting instead to maintain the focus on himself rather than his lesser-known competitors.

The viewership for the recent debate was lower compared to the previous one in August, where 12.8 million people tuned in. This August debate was significant as it provided an opportunity for many Americans to hear from the other Republican candidates who are vying to challenge Trump.

According to the Nielsen company, a total of 9.5 million people tuned in to watch the two-hour debate that took place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California on Wednesday. This viewership figure includes individuals who watched the debate on two Fox News channels, as well as on partner Univision and its streaming service.

The estimate of television viewership represents the number of individuals who were actively watching the debate during each specific minute. The debate was broadcast simultaneously on both the Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network.

The first debate, moderated by Dana Perino from Fox News Channel, Stuart Varney from Fox Business Network, and Ilia Calderón from Univision, focused less on Trump, similar to the second debate. Several candidates, such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, expressed a more critical stance towards the former president, aligning themselves with former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

In August 2015, Donald Trump participated in his first presidential debate, which garnered a significant amount of attention from the public. The event attracted a total of 24 million viewers, indicating a substantial level of interest in Trump's candidacy and the upcoming election.

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