The numbers are in for the winner of the ratings war between Fox News, which hosted Thursday night’s Republican debate held in Des Moines, Iowa, and CNN and MSNBC, who both aired coverage of Donald Trump’s rally across town.
And they weren’t even close — at least for TV viewership.
Even though the Trump rally was covered by two networks, Fox News clobbered them by a four to one margin.
CNN Money reported:
Fox News Channel’s Trump-less debate had an 8.4 household rating, according to early Nielsen data from so-called metered markets.
This means 8.4% of American metered market homes with TV sets were watching the face-off.
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 numbers are further supported by Google Trends, which reported the search interest of the debate live stream versus the Trump rally live stream.
Which one is being searched more: “Debate live stream” or “Trump live stream”? #GOPdebate pic.twitter.com/PG0ZXglFCo
— GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) January 29, 2016
The Trump campaign did walk off with a few consolation prizes, however.
First of all, the Trump-less debate ended up being the second-lowest rated debate of the season.
And secondly, most of the Internet chatter during the time of the debate was about Trump.
Share of convo. around GOP candidates since #GOPDebate start: –@RealDonaldTrump 37% –@TedCruz 18% –@MarcoRubio 12% pic.twitter.com/6J0UKbBzNo
— Twitter Government (@gov) January 29, 2016
In the event you are among those who tuned in to the Trump event, here’s the Republican presidential debate in 90 seconds via CNN. For more detailed coverage of the evening’s highlights, click the links below the video.
Cruz kicks-off debate channeling his inner-Trump; earns big laugh
Fox News claims Trump offered to show for debate on ONE condition
Focus group does about-face; declares surprising winner of GOP debate
Cruz calls out moderators; ‘threatens’ to leave debate stage
Trump taunts Fox News at rival event: ‘This is like the Academy Awards!’
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