CNN-YouTube GOP Debate scores record 4.49 million viewers

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CNN’s YouTube Republican debate Wed. night a record 4.49 million viewers—the most-watched primary debate in cable history. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, the debate beat CNN’s previous record of 4.07 million viewers, on 11/15 with the most recent Democratic showdown. The YouTube format allows viewers to submit video questions to the candidates.


Nielsen calculations say the debate scored 1.3 million adults 18-49 and 516,000  18-34 viewers. Some 38 YouTube video queries were aired.


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