Univision Democratic Debate Draws 5.9 Million Viewers

About 3.95 million people tune into the CNN simulcast, the third least watched debate of the 2016 election cycle

The Univision Democratic Primary Debate averaged 5.95 million total viewers when combined with a simulcast on CNN. The viewers included 2 million watching on Univision and 3.95 million on CNN.

Last night’s event was the third-least watched debate of this election cycle. Only MSNBC’s Democratic debate in February and last week’s CNN debate saw fewer viewers.

Among the key demographic of adults age 25-54, 2.3 million tuned in to watch former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders battle in Miami. The debate was moderated by Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas of Univision, and Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post.

CNN finished No. 1 among cable news networks last night, averaging 3.15 million viewer from 8-11 ET compared to 2.85 million for Fox News. CNN also dominated the key demo on the night, averaging over 1 million compared to 589,000 for Fox. MSNBC was a distant third in both categories, averaging 791,000 viewers and 212,000 in the key demo.

This is a significant victory for CNN, as Fox News featured interviews with GOP candidates throughout the night and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio made his debut on MSNBC. It should be noted that Anderson Cooper’s CNN program included an interview with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

CNN hosts a GOP debate tonight at the University of Miami. It will be co-sponsored by Salem Radio Networks and The Washington Times, and moderated by Jake Tapper. It airs at 8:30 ET/5:30 PT.

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