Ames Republican Presidential Debate Easily Most-Watched Debate of the Year on FNC

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Last night’s Republican Presidential Debate in Ames, Iowa averaged 5.1 million viewers with 1.4 million adults 25-54 between 9p-11:03pm. It was by far the most-watched debate of 2011 on FNC.

  • Compared to FNC’s first debate on 5/5/11 – last night’s was 55% higher with P2+ and 67% higher with A25-54
  • Compared to CNN’s debate on 6/13/11 – FNC’s debate last night was 60% higher with P2+ and 56% higher with A25-54.
  • Compared to the same day last year, FNC saw a 158% increase with P2+ and 178% increase with A25-54
  • Compared to 2011 to date average, FNC was up 170% with P2+ and 206% with A25-54.

Fox News beat all of its rivals combined during the debate in both adults 25-54 and total viewers:

P 2+

P 25-54

Network Time

AA (000)

AA (000)

FOXN 09:00P -11:00P



CNN 09:00P -11:00P



MSNB 09:00P -11:00P



CNBC 09:00P -11:00P



HLN 09:00P -11:00P



You can see the full night’s details in our regular daily cable news ratings post.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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