Since these differ from the fast affiliate ratings we already have for Saturday night, my guess is that they are time zone adjusted and should prove quite accurate. However, there may be other reasons they differ.
via press release:
The ABC News “Your Voice, Your Vote – Republican Presidential Debate in New Hampshire” on Saturday, January 7 was watched by 6.25 million viewers, 1.73 million Adults 25-54 and 1.40 million Adults 18-49. The ABC debate aired live across the country and was Saturday night’s #1 non-sports program in all 3 Nielsen measures.
The ABC News debate aired against the high rated NFL Wild Card Game No. 2 – Detroit vs. New Orleans and topped both CBS (4.25 million, 1.40 million and 1.08 million, respectively) and Fox (1.95 million, 816,000 and 664,000. respectively) in the 2-hour time period — 9:00-11:00pm/ET; 6:00-8:00pm/PT.
The ABC “Your Voice, Your Vote” special outperformed the most-recent Republican debate on Fox News Channel (12/15/11) among Adults 18-49 (1.40 million vs. 1.31 million). In fact, along with the “Republican Presidential Debate in Iowa” (1.57 million on 12/10/11), the Net aired the top 2 debates of the campaign season in Adults 18-49. The ABC News “Your Voice, Your Vote – Republican Presidential Debate in Iowa” on Saturday, December 10 stands as the most-watched debate of the 2012 campaign season.
ABC News, Yahoo! News, and WMUR-TV joined forces to host a Republican presidential candidate debate in New Hampshire on Saturday, January 7, 2012. The debate occurred at a critical moment in the Republican nomination process — just four days after the Iowa caucuses and three days before the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation primary. The “Your Voice, Your Vote” special moderated by ABC’s Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos aired in primetime from 9:00-11:00pm/ET (6:00-8:00pm/PT) and was broadcast from Saint Anselm College. The debate was streamed on ABCNews.com and Yahoo!.
For complete coverage of the ABC News debate visit ABCNews.com.
Source: The Nielsen Company (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 – Live + Same Day Fast National Ratings) – 1/7/12.