The Democratic primary debate drew an audience of nearly 20 million viewers, making it the most-watched Democratic debate ever, NBC News said on Thursday.
Wednesday’s contest hosted by NBC in Las Vegas, which featured former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s debut appearance on the stage, attracted 19.7 million people, surpassing the 18.1 million combined views of the previously most-watched Democratic debate, the network said, citing numbers from Nielsen Media Research.
Both debates aired on NBC and MSNBC.
The Nevada debate also drew 13.5 million live-stream viewers and 22 million video views across all platforms.
But it fell short of the most-watch primary debate of all time, a distinction that belongs to the 2015 Republican presidential debate that featured then-candidate Donald Trump’s first appearance.
The debate, which aired on Fox News, was watched by 24 million people.
Along with Bloomberg, Wednesday’s debate included Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
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