Marisa Guthrie reports: Over 8 million viewers!!!
The first mano-a-mano showdown between Democratic contenders Sens. Hillary Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) was the most-watched primary debate in cable-news history.
The CNN debate -- which took place at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater and included an audience heavy with Tinsel Town luminaries -- attracted 8.3 million viewers, with 3.3 million of them in cable news’ key demographic of 25- to 54-year-olds.
That easily beat the previous cable-news-ratings record of 4.9 million viewers for CNN’s Democratic debate in South Carolina Jan. 21.
ABC News holds the debate ratings record for the season. More than 9 million viewers watched the network’s primetime Democratic debate Jan. 5, two days before the New Hampshire primary.
Senator Clinton is clearly ready to lead the nation on Day 1. She is our best nominee. Senator Obama brings great enthusiam to the ticket. He has an established base both electoral and fundraising. Together they complement each other well. Experience plus Change. Established plus Learning. The CNN ratings prove America will accept this duo as our next leaders. Let's work hard to support Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States and Senator Barack Obama as the Next Vice President.