ABC's Presidential Debate Draws 7.6 Million

ABC News’ Republican presidential debate drew 7.6 million total viewers on Saturday, 2.1 million of them in the 25-54 demographic. Titled Your Voice, Your Vote – Republican Presidential Debate in Iowa, the special ranks as the most-watched debate of the 2012 presidential campaign to date, eclipsing Fox News’ Sept. 22 telecast, which averaged 6.1 million viewers. It was also the most-watched TV program on Saturday. The ABC debate, moderated by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos, is the second to air on a broadcast network this year, following the Nov. 12 one on CBS, which logged 5.3 million total viewers also on a Saturday. Here is a ranking of this year’s Republican TV debates:

Net           Date         Day            Total Viewers

ABC          12/10/01   Saturday     7.57 million

Fox News   9/22/11    Thursday     6.11 million

CNN          10/18/11  Tuesday       5.50 million

MSNBC      9/7/11      Wednesday  5.41 million

CBS           11/12/11  Saturday      5.29 million

Fox News   8/11/11    Thursday      5.05 million

CNN           9/12/11    Monday        3.61 million

CNBC         11/9/11     Wednesday  3.33 million

Fox News    5/5/11       Thursday     3.26 million

CNN            6/13/11     Monday       3.12 million

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