After all of the hype, Trump held firm and refused to attend Fox News’ biased GOP debate last night, instead holding a rally aimed at raising money for America’s veterans!! However, if you want to know who the clear winner was, all you have to do is look at the ratings.
From CNN Money:
Donald Trump counter-programmed Thursday’s GOP primary debate on Fox with his own prime time event. So whose show scored a bigger audience?
Answer: Fox’s debate. But it was the second lowest rated debate of the season. So Trump is certain to take credit for hurting the channel’s total viewership.
The first hour of Fox’s Trump-less debate had an 8.4 household rating, according to early Nielsen data on so-called metered markets.
This means 8.4% of American homes with TV sets were watching the face-off.
The second hour had an 8.3 rating, which means the audience was loyal even though Trump was absent.
By comparison, two of the cable channels that showed parts of Trump’s event, CNN and MSNBC, had about a quarter of Fox’s audience combined.
The most recent GOP debate, televised two weeks ago on the Fox Business Network, had a household rating of 7.4.
So Thursday’s debate was bigger — but not by much.
The other five GOP debates of the cycle have had household ratings ranging from 8.9 to 15.9.
Actual viewership numbers will be available later in the day on Friday. Fox News likely had 11 million to 13 million viewers for the debate.
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