CNN sets viewer record with Republican presidential debate

cnnWednesday’s Republican presidential debate was the most-watched program in CNN history, drawing an average of 22.9 million viewers during its three hours.

The 6 p.m. undercard debate drew 6.3 million viewers.

The two were outperformed on the aggregate by the Fox GOP debates that aired in August. The main-event Fox debate drew 24 million viewers, and the not-ready-for-prime-time Fox debate drew 6.1 million viewers.

The previous most-watched CNN program was a 1993 edition of “Larry King Live” featuring then-Vice President Al Gore and Ross Perot debating NAFTA that drew 16.8 million viewers.

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