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Second GOP presidential primary debate drops to 9.5M viewers

GOP Republican Debate
Thought Leader: Sara Fischer
September 29, 2023
Source: AXIOS
Written by: Sara Fischer

The second Republican presidential primary debate drew 9.5 million viewers, down 25% from the 12.8 million that tuned in for the first debate last month, according to Nielsen ratings.

Why it matters: Former President Trump has historically been a draw for debate viewers, but he opted to sit out of Wednesday night’s two-hour event, as he did during the first debate last month.

Be smart: Viewership typically dips during the second primary debate of presidential elections. And despite fewer viewers than the first, the second debate was still the top TV program in primetime Wednesday.

Details: The two-hour debate was simulcast across Fox News, Fox Business, Univision and Fox News Media’s digital channels.

The big picture: Even without Donald Trump, the seven candidates that took the stage Wednesday still brought the drama.

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