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The third debate of the Republican presidential primary tops Wednesday’s cable charts by a wide margin, setting a record for CNBC with just over 14 million viewers. It scored a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49, also best for the night.

Viewership was down significantly, however, from the 24 million and 23 million who tuned into the first two Republican debates (on the generally higher-rated Fox News and CNN). It also fell short of the first Democratic primary debate, which also aired on CNN.

Elsewhere, “American Horror Story: Hotel” drew a 1.6 in adults 18-49, in line with last week’s 1.7. “South Park” scored a 0.8 on Comedy Central, and with the debate as a lead-in, CNBC’s “The Profit” scored a 0.6.

Top 100 cable shows among adults 18-49 for Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

Show Net Time Viewership (000s, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE P2 CNBC 8:15 PM 14.005 2.6
DEBATE POST SHOW CNBC 10:20 PM 10.501 2.1
AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 10:00 PM 3.045 1.6
NBA REGULAR SEASON     L ESPN 10:32 PM 2.361 1.2
FAMILY GUY ADSM 11:30 PM 1.994 1.0
FAMILY GUY ADSM 11:00 PM 1.876 0.9
SOUTH PARK CMDY 10:00 PM 1.349 0.8
AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:30 PM 1.673 0.8
NBA REGULAR SEASON     L ESPN 8:05 PM 1.818 0.8
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 10:30 PM 1.812 0.7
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 10:00 PM 1.752 0.7
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN 1:18 AM 1.275 0.7
ROBOT CHICKEN ADSM 12:00 AM 1.366 0.7
ROBOT CHICKEN ADSM 12:15 AM 1.261 0.6
AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 1.404 0.6
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 1.649 0.6
WORST COOKS 7 FOOD 9:00 PM 1.549 0.6
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 9:00 PM 1.628 0.6
PROFIT, THE CNBC 10:29 PM 1.922 0.6
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 8:30 PM 1.514 0.5
BIG SCREEN MOVIE FAM 6:00 PM 1.274 0.5
AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE ADSM 12:30 AM 1.076 0.5
FAMILY GUY ADSM 2:30 AM 0.980 0.5
AMC FEARFEST AMC 7:00 PM 1.188 0.5
AMERICAN DAD ADSM 2:00 AM 0.959 0.5
AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 11:10 PM 1.044 0.5
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 1.166 0.5
LITTLE WOMEN LA REUNION LIF 9:00 PM 1.152 0.5
AMERICAN DAD ADSM 1:30 AM 0.917 0.5
CLEVELAND SHOW, THE ADSM 9:30 PM 1.077 0.5
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 0.998 0.5
SQUIDBILLIES ADSM 12:45 AM 0.927 0.5
DEBATE PRESHOW PART 2 CNBC 7:11 PM 3.270 0.5
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 8:00 PM 1.337 0.5
SUPERJAIL ADSM 1:00 AM 0.871 0.4
AMC FEARFEST AMC 9:00 PM 1.010 0.4
BIG SCREEN MOVIE FAM 8:15 PM 1.094 0.4
AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 9:00 PM 2.131 0.4
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 11:00 PM 3.159 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 4:30 PM 1.873 0.4
METALOCALYPSE ADSM 1:15 AM 0.824 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 7:30 AM 1.117 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 3:30 PM 1.762 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN 6:30 AM 0.845 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN 6:00 AM 0.853 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 7:00 AM 0.995 0.4
NBA PRE ESPN 7:00 PM 0.829 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 4:00 PM 1.738 0.4
ARE YOU THE ONE SSN 3 MTV 10:00 PM 0.618 0.4
AMC FEARFEST AMC 6:00 PM 0.820 0.4
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:00 PM 0.969 0.4
NCIS USA 10:00 PM 1.628 0.4
MILLION DOLLAR LISTING LA BRVO 9:00 PM 1.031 0.4
FRIENDS NAN 11:30 PM 0.972 0.4
AROUND THE HORN ESPN 5:00 PM 0.755 0.4
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 1.780 0.4
FAMILY GUY TBSC 2:30 PM 0.663 0.4
SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:30 PM 0.645 0.3
AMERICAN DAD TBSC 1:30 PM 0.611 0.3
FAMILY GUY TBSC 2:00 PM 0.631 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.443 0.3
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 1.026 0.3
AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 1.495 0.3
KELLY FILE, THE FOXNC 12:00 AM 2.218 0.3
SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:30 PM 0.587 0.3
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 12:00 PM 1.027 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICK 3:00 PM 1.547 0.3
SOFIA THE FIRST DSNY 10:30 AM 0.973 0.3
HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 2.846 0.3
FRIENDS NAN 11:00 PM 0.948 0.3
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMU NICK 8:00 AM 0.944 0.3
FRIENDS NAN 12:00 AM 0.754 0.3
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMU NICK 5:00 PM 1.709 0.3
FRIENDS NAN 12:33 AM 0.733 0.3
AMC FEARFEST AMC 11:00 PM 0.705 0.3
SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:00 PM 0.562 0.3
SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:00 PM 0.611 0.3
GHOST HUNTERS SYFY 9:00 PM 0.902 0.3
CONAN TBSC 11:00 PM 0.626 0.3
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 9:00 PM 1.249 0.3
SOFIA THE FIRST DSNY 10:00 AM 0.985 0.3
SEINFELD TBSC 6:30 PM 0.761 0.3
COUPLES THERAPY 6 VH1 10:00 PM 0.586 0.3
WORST COOKS 7 FOOD 8:00 PM 0.779 0.3
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 1.567 0.3
REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE P2 CNBC 11:29 PM 1.004 0.3
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMU NICK 5:30 PM 1.717 0.3
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 1.621 0.3
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 11:30 AM 0.979 0.3
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 10:00 PM 0.737 0.3
SOUTH PARK CMDY 3:25 PM 0.470 0.3
MODERN FAMILY USA 11:30 PM 0.669 0.3
TEEN TITANS GO TOON 6:00 AM 0.652 0.3
PARANORMAL WITNESS SYFY 10:00 PM 0.587 0.3
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 0.870 0.3
MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND DSNY 8:00 AM 0.995 0.3
PAW PATROL NICK 9:30 AM 0.940 0.3
SEINFELD TBSC 6:00 PM 0.627 0.3
HANNAH MONTANA DSNY 1:00 AM 0.960 0.3
AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 10:03 PM 1.350 0.3

 To see past daily cable ratings posts click here. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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