The eyeballs tuned in for CNN’s first Democratic debate airing last night. According to the network’s press release, 8,693,000 total viewers watched the Democratic Debate live from Detroit, Michigan according to Nielsen data. Among adults 25-54, 2,529,000 watched. This is CNN’s second highest Democratic debate on record, led by Las Vegas, October 2015.
It was the second highest CNN Democratic primary debate day ever for live streams, in the top 10 of all events for 2018/2019, and it peaked at 708K concurrent streams at 9:35pm. Viewers spent an average of 75 minutes watching the night digitally, placing it among the top debates ever for watch time and translating CNN digital’s average debate audience to a TV equivalent of 516k P2+. On debate day, CNN Digital also saw more than 25 million unique multiplatform visitors and 19 million total video starts across desktop, mobile and OTT devices.
During prime time last night (8-11pm), CNN easily ranked #1 in cable news with 7.967 million viewers and 2.304 among adults 25-54.
It was moderated by anchors Jake Tapper and Don Lemon alongside chief political correspondent Dana Bash; they will be back tonight for round two.