CNN's Republican Debate Is Most-Watched Telecast Ever for Network

  • Face-off has NFL-level ratings with 23 million viewers
  • Outdraws 1993 debate between Al Gore and Ross Perot, CNN Says

ICYMI: The GOP Debate in 3 Minutes

The Republican presidential debate Wednesday night on CNN scored “NFL-level ratings” and was the most-watched event ever on the network.
 
About 23 million people watched the GOP candidates spar at the Ronald Reagan presidential library in California, Nielsen said Thursday in an e-mailed statement. That tops the 16.8 million who watched a 1993 “Larry King Live” show with Al Gore and Ross Perot debating free trade, according to CNN, which is owned by Time Warner Inc.

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