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GOP Debate Audiences Continue To Decline

By | Friday January 20, 2012 @ 5:18pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

As the field of Republican presidential candidates shrinks, so do the ratings for the GOP debates. After peaking at 7.6 million with the December 10 ABC News debate, audiences mostly have been on the decline. Last night’s special on CNN averaged 5.02 million total viewers, 1.7 million in adults 25-54. That was down from the Fox News debate just three days earlier.

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

Fox News      1/16/12     Monday       5.48 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             1/19/12   Thursday   5.02 million

NBC/MSNBC  1/8/12       Sunday       4.72 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

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Donald Trump To Moderate GOP Debate

By | Friday December 2, 2011 @ 2:46pm PST

Donald Trump has been tapped to moderate an upcoming Republican presidential candidate debate sponsored by online news site Newsmax and to be broadcast on ION Television. The debate, set for December 27 in Des Moines, Iowa, will be the final one before the critical Iowa Caucus on January 3 and should feature the full GOP field. (There have been so many GOP debates it’s difficult to picture one being more important than another, but the timing of this one at least appears relevant.) Of course Trump, hailed as “a truly great American” in the release announcing the debate lineup, briefly flirted with seeking the Republican nomination for president himself before finally backing off during May’s upfronts, when he announced he was staying on as host of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice instead.

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