Trump blasts CNN’s debate ratings ahead of day two
President Donald Trump rarely misses an opportunity to weigh in on a TV program’s ratings.
The former ‘Apprentice’ star, who remained silent on Twitter during the first night of the debate, jumped in on Wednesday before the candidates even took the stage.
“Very low ratings for the Democratic Debate last night,” Trump wrote. “They’re desperate for Trump!”
The ratings for Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Detroit were a mixed bag.
Some 8.7 million viewers watched the debate live on CNN, according to the Nielsen ratings. Another 2.8 million watched on CNN’s live stream, the cable network said.
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Debate viewership declined sharply – by 7 million fewer viewers, to be exact – from the candidates’ first face-off in Miami earlier this summer. The June 26 debate was broadcast by NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo and was seen by 15.3 million viewers.
But the debate – the first of two in Detroit this week – won the ratings race against The Bachelorette season finale, which aired the same time on ABC and drew 7.4 million viewers.
CNN’s ratings for this week’s debates could rebound during the second round, which takes place tonight. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, and nine other candidates will take the stage.