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CNN Cancels March 1 GOP Debate

By | Thursday February 16, 2012 @ 2:53pm PST

GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Ron Paul on Thursday had backed out of the planned March 1 debate in Atlanta, and Rick Santorum had not responded. So CNN went ahead and canceled the event this afternoon, saying its debate in Arizona on February 22 moderated by John King will go ahead as planned. The Romney and Paul camps ciited conflicts with campaign schedules ahead of the eight-primary Super Tuesday on March 6 as reasons for not attending; only Newt Gingrich among the four remaining candidates had agreed to show up. It would have been the 19th televised debate this presidential election cycle among the broadcast and cable news networks.

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Latest GOP Debate Draws 5.36 Million

By | Friday January 27, 2012 @ 1:56pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

There are three figures that stand out about last night’s CNN Republican presidential debate in Florida: It averaged 5.36 million viewers, and it was the 10th most watched of 18(!) GOP TV debates so far this election season. It was slightly up from the last debate on CNN on January 19 (5.02 million) and slightly down from the last one on rival Fox News (5.48 million). Broadcast networks ABC and NBC lead the pack in total viewers with their specials. Here’s the ratings rankings for the debates so far: Read More »

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New Hampshire GOP Debate Draws 6.25 Million, Down From Last Two Debates

By | Sunday January 8, 2012 @ 2:49pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC News’ Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire last night averaged 6.25 million total viewers, 1.4 million of them in the 28-49 demographic and 1.73 million in 25-54. That was good enough for third place among the GOP debates so far this campaign behind the two most recent ones: ABC News’ December 10 debate (7.57 million total viewers) and Fox News’ December 15 debate (6.71 million). ABC points out that last night’s debate, anchored by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos, aired against the late NFL wildcard game, which pitted Detroit vs. New Orleans. Here is a list of all GOP debates this season ranked by total viewers.

Net             Date           Day           Total Viewers

ABC            12/10/11     Saturday     7.57 million

Fox News    12/15/11     Thursday     6.71 million

ABC            1/7/12      Saturday    6.25 million

Fox News     9/22/11      Thursday     6.11 million

CNN             10/18/11    Tuesday      5.50 million

MSNBC         9/7/11       Wednesday  5.41 million

CBS             11/12/11    Saturday     5.29 million

Fox News      8/11/11     Thursday     5.05 million

CNN              9/12/11     Monday       3.61 million

CNBC           11/9/11      Wednesday 3.33 million

Fox News      5/5/11       Thursday     3.26 million

CNN             6/13/11      Monday       3.12 million Read More »

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‘Apprentice’ Self-Promoter Donald Trump Exits As GOP Debate Moderator After Most Candidates Say ‘No’; Hints (Again) At Run

By | Tuesday December 13, 2011 @ 12:05pm PST

The Apprentice hack host Donald Trump grabbed still more publicity for himself today by announcing that he is pulling out as moderator of a planned debate between GOP presidential candidates that had been set for December 27 on ION Television. After the real estate mogul and reality TV star was set for the debate, which is being put on by the conservative news site Newsmax, most of the Republican candidates became concerned that the event would turn into a media circus — partly because of Trump’s celebrity but mostly because he is still openly pondering a third-party candidacy himself. Only Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich said they would participate. In a statement today, Trump threw more fuel on the fire about a potential run as an independent because he’s trying to drum up headlines for himself and his new Apprentice season:

“It is very important to me that the right Republican candidate be chosen to defeat the failed and very destructive Obama Administration, but if that Republican, in my opinion, is not the right candidate, I am not willing to give up my right to run as an Independent candidate,” he said. “Therefore, so that there is no conflict of interest within the Republican Party, I have decided not to be the moderator of the Newsmax debate.”

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