Second Republican Debate Viewership Drops To 9.5 Million, Still Tops Wednesday Ratings

Viewership for the second Republican debate fell to 9.5 million viewers, off by 26% from the 12.8 million who tuned in for the first GOP 2024 gathering last month.

Even with the viewership drop, the debate was still the most watched show on TV on Wednesday. Fox Business and Univision telecast the event, and it was simulcast on Fox News, and streamed on Fox Nation.

The debate drew almost 2 million viewers in the 25-54 demo. The first debate drew 2.82 million in the demo.

Although Trump has claimed that the first debate got low ratings, it actually was a robust figure given that he did not participate. Fox News said that the 9.5 million also was larger than 60% of the debates that have aired since the 2016 cycle. A drop off from the first debate to the second also is not out of the ordinary, given the curiosity factor for a first matchup.

The debate averaged 1.82 million viewers on Fox Business Network, 6.69 million on Fox News, 813,000 for Univision and around 200,000 on digital streams, according to the network.

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