Fox Business reached 13.5M for GOP debate
NEW YORK – An estimated 13.5 million people watched the fourth Republican presidential debate of the season on the Fox Business Network, which traded the fireworks of the previous CNBC encounter for a more sedate discussion on economic issues.
It was easily the most-watched program on FBN’s history, just as the previous debates set viewership records for Fox News Channel, CNN and CNBC. The CNBC debate reached 14 million viewers, and the other two were each seen by more than 20 million people.
The debates have consistently exceeded expectations as a television attraction, and proved viewers will hunt for their political fix. The little-known FBN is in roughly three-quarters of the nation’s television homes, often high up on the channel dial, and has never reached as many as 1 million viewers for any of its telecasts.