Nellie Andreeva

There was something hotter than fried butter on a stick coming out of Iowa this week: Fox News Channel’s ratings for last night’s Republican Presidential Debate. The two-hour debate drew 5.1 million viewers, 1.4 million of them in the 25-54 demographic. It was by far the highest-rated presidential debate this year — up 55% in viewers and 67% in 25-54 from the May 5 debate on FNC and up 158% in viewers and 178% in 25-54 compared to the May 13 debate on CNN. FNC obviously dominated the 9-11 PM primetime block last night. Here are the numbers:

P 2+ P 25-54
Network Time AA (000) AA (000)
FOXN 9P -11P 5053 1432
CNN 9P -11P 667 233
MSNB 9P -11P 756 239
CNBC 9P -11P 102 27
HLN 9P -11P 560 158

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