CNN’s Democratic Debate Draws Just 5.5 Million Viewers on Sunday

Clinton-Sanders matchup was the second-least-watched debate of the campaign season

Sunday night’s CNN Democratic presidential debate between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders averaged just 5.5 million viewers, making it the second-least-watched debate of the 2016 election cycle.

The debate between back on Oct. 13 averaged 15.8 million and its Feb. 11 Democratic debate averaged 0ver 8 million viewers.

The only debate of this campaign season to be watched by fewer people was MSNBC’s Democratic debate back on Feb. 4 that drew only 4.5 million.

The GOP debate on Fox News last week averaged 16.9 million viewers. CNN returns with a GOP debate on Thursday.

Fox News will also be hosting a town hall event on Monday with Sanders and Clinton.

One viewer who was watching Sunday’s showdown was Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, a native of Flint, Mich., where the contest took place.

Moore took to Twitter to rip Hillary Clinton during the CNN Democratic debate and express his preference for Sanders for the party’s nomination. “The choice here is clear: Wall Street’s paid candidate or the candidate who can’t be bought,” he wrote.

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