Fox News Channel will host another Republican presidential primary debate on Monday, March 21 from Salt Lake City, Utah, the network announced today. Bret Baier, Chris Wallace and Megyn Kelly will return to co-moderate their fourth GOP debate of the election cycle.
All remaining candidates in the primary race will be invited to participate in the debate and many pundits feel it could be a two-person showdown between Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
The two-hour debate will air live from the Salt Palace Convention Center at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT and will be Round 3 of Kelly vs. GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. Everyone knows the background: Kelly asked a question Trump didn’t like last summer, Fox News boss Roger Ailes defended Kelly, Trump skipped a debate, Trump and Kelly reunited in the most recent FNC debate. Everyone now appears to be civil, with Trump even thanking Kelly during a recent news conference.
Fox News’ three previous primary debates delivered the three highest-rated telecasts in the network’s history. The August 6 debate, when Trump initially got upset, averaged a record-breaking 24 million viewers. It remains the highest-rated non-sports cable broadcast of all time.
The network’s most recent debate, Kelly vs. Trump 2, on March 3 delivered the highest ratings for a debate in 2016.