Americans Have Stopped Watching the Democratic Debates

Democratic presidential candidates participate in Thursday's debate in Los Angeles. - The Associated Press

Seth Cline, Senior Producer, U.S. News


THE DEMOCRATIC presidential primaries may be drawing near, but Americans are increasingly tuning out of the televised debates.

Thus far, six officially sanctioned Democratic debates have taken place over eight nights. The debate season kicked off in the early summer, when the massive field of candidates required two nights of debating to accommodate everyone.

An estimated 33 million Americans were introduced to the Democratic field in Miami over those first two nights. But that was the high point: no debate has reached the viewership of either of those two broadcasts since.

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