6.25 Million Americans Watched the ABC News Republican Debate in New Hampshire

By David Ford

Jan 8, 2012 3:54pm

abc all candidates jef 120107 wblog 6.25 Million Americans Watched the ABC News Republican Debate in New HampshireABC’s “Your Voice, Your Vote” Debate Stands as Saturday Night’s #1 Non-Sports Program in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49

The ABC News “Your Voice, Your Vote – Republican Presidential Debate in New Hampshire” on Saturday, January 7 was watched by 6.25 million viewers, 1.73 million Adults 25-54 and 1.40 million Adults 18-49. The ABC debate aired live across the country and was Saturday night’s #1 non-sports program in all 3 Nielsen measures. 

The ABC News debate aired against the high rated NFL Wild Card Game No. 2 – Detroit vs. New Orleans and topped both CBS (4.25 million, 1.40 million and 1.08 million, respectively) and Fox (1.95 million, 816,000 and 664,000. respectively) in the 2-hour time period — 9:00-11:00pm/ET; 6:00-8:00pm/PT.

The ABC “Your Voice, Your Vote” special outperformed the most-recent Republican debate on Fox News Channel (12/15/11) among Adults 18-49 (1.40 million vs. 1.31 million).  In fact, along with the “Republican Presidential Debate in Iowa” (1.57 million on 12/10/11), the Net aired the top 2 debates of the campaign season in Adults 18-49. The ABC News “Your Voice, Your Vote – Republican Presidential Debate in Iowa” on Saturday, December 10 stands as the most-watched debate of the 2012 campaign season.

ABC News, Yahoo! News, and WMUR-TV joined forces to host a Republican presidential candidate debate in New Hampshire on Saturday, January 7, 2012.  The debate occurred at a critical moment in the Republican nomination process — just four days after the Iowa caucuses and three days before the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation primary. The “Your Voice, Your Vote” special moderated by ABC’s Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos aired in primetime from 9:00-11:00pm/ET (6:00-8:00pm/PT) and was broadcast from Saint Anselm College. The debate was streamed on ABCNews.com and Yahoo!.

For complete coverage of the ABC News debate visit ABCNews.com.

Source: The Nielsen Company (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 – Live + Same Day Fast National Ratings) – 1/7/12.

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