The number of viewers for the second round of the democratic debates in Detroit, Michigan dropped considerably on Tuesday compared to the first debates last month.
During the first night of June 26 debates, 15.3 million viewers tuned in to the broadcast from Miami, Florida, but on Tuesday evening early data from Nielsen Media Research shows that about 10 million people watched the first night of the two-day event .
The Miami debates were organized by NBC and broadcast on the network, as well as on MSNBC and the Spanish language network Telemundo, which is owned by NBCUniversal.
The Detroit debates are organized by CNN and are only broadcast via the network.
About 10 million people tuned in on the first night of CNN-hosted Democratic Primary Debates in Detroit, Michigan Tuesday night, according to early Nielsen Ratings figures
Tuesday's debate, organized by CNN with moderators Jake Tapper, Dana Bash and Don Lemon, caused a deficit of 10 million
The first evening of last month's Miami debates, which took place on NBC, MSNBC and the Spanish language channel Telemundo, had 15 million viewers. The first round of primary debates had two different moderator panels, one including Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd (photo)
Both debates were organized in relatively the same way: with a two-day event with 10 randomly selected candidates, who appeared every evening.
The first night of the June debates blew the first night of July debates out of the water, although the podium was seen as the B team on June 26 – absent from both front runners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
The second night in June saw an increase of 18.1 million viewers.
Tuesday's debates in Michigan included Sanders, co-progressive Elizabeth Warren and other larger candidates such as South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Texas representative Beto R & R 39, Rourke, and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.
On Wednesday evening, Biden is on stage at Fox Theater with senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris on either side of him. He is likely to face heat from the only two black candidates in his track record on racing issues.
Although Biden was vice president of the nation's first black president, he recently praised his relationship with deceased pro-segregationist lawmakers and faced questions about his earlier anti-bus attitude to integrate schools.
Tuesday night's debates, apart from being broadcast on only one network, also received competition from ABC, which broadcasted the final of the reality show The Bachelorette, which has a cult-like following.
The season finale attracted 7.4 million viewers.
NBC's America & # 39; s Got Talent, which regularly scores well, also competed with the debates.
The second evening of the Miami debates in particular received a boost, with 18.1 million viewers, while front runners Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden entered the stage that evening
On Tuesday evening, the 10 Democrats on stage also had to compete with the season finale of reality show The Bachelorette, which has a cult-like following, and an episode of the popular talent competition America's Got Talent
Sanders was on stage on Tuesday, accompanied by fellow progressive and top candidate Elizabeth Warren
It is likely that CNN will see an increase in viewers on Wednesday evening without the popular competing shows.
Still the most viewed primary debate in TV history happened for Fox News in August 2015, with Donald Trump. The debate was held in Cleveland, Ohio, and attracted 24 million viewers.
This was the first Republican primary debates of the 2016 election cycle and the first time Trump appeared on the podium in a debate.
Despite the attacks during Harris's latest debates, Biden still has a leading edge on the average of all major polls.
The RealClearPolitics average has the former VP with 32.2 percent support, although a Quinnipiac University Poll after the June debates showed him that he fell to just 22 percent support after regular pollen in the mid-30s to low 40 & # 39; s.
Sanders is number 2 in the average with 16.2 percent, followed by Warren with 14.3 percent.
Harris, who was boosted up to 20 percent after the first debates, where she was acclaimed as the second night's winner, is in fourth place with 11 percent support.
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