Second night of CNN Democratic debate draws 10.7M viewers

Second night of CNN Democratic debate draws 10.7M viewers
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CNN's broadcast of the second night of Democratic presidential debates this week attracted 10.7 million viewers, according to final ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research.

Another 3.1 million people watched the event broadcast from the Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit on Wednesday night via the CNN Digital livestream, according to the network.

The second of two debates was watched by 7.4 million fewer people than the second of two Democratic debates broadcast last month by NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. That event in Miami attracted 18.1 million viewers.

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The first night of debates Tuesday drew 8.7 million viewers to CNN's broadcast, with another 2.8 million watching on the channel's digital stream, according to Nielsen Media Research figures.

Wednesday night's event from the Fox Theatre in the Motor City featured Democratic front-runner Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden authorizes up to 0M for Afghan refugees Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe MORE in an anticipated rematch with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Ron Johnson: 'I may not be the best candidate' for 2022 midterms MORE (D-Calif.), though both candidates were left on the defensive for most of the debate.

Biden was hammered repeatedly from many of the other nine candidates on stage, particularly Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Democrats criticize FBI's handling of tip line in Kavanaugh investigation MORE (D-N.J.) and Harris, while several candidates went after Harris on criminal justice issues based on her time serving as California's attorney general.

Biden has maintained a commanding lead in the RealClearPolitics index of polls with 32.2 percent support, though new surveys conducted after the back-to-back debate nights in Detroit have yet to be released.

During the last election cycle, CNN delivered 15.5 million viewers for its broadcast of the first Democratic debate of the primary season featuring Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week MORE (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) in October 2015.

The most-watched primary debate in history occurred in August 2015, when more than 24 million people tuned in to Fox News for what was Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE's first debate as a candidate in Cleveland.