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DEMS/ELECTION/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The first U.S. Democratic presidential debate, a faceoff without the party’s frontrunners, hauled in a surprisingly large 15.3 million viewers across three television networks, according to Nielsen estimates released by NBC News on Thursday [6-27-19]. Wednesday’s [6-26-19] debate among Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke and eight other candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president aired live on Comcast-owned broadcaster NBC, cable channel MSNBC and Spanish-language network Telemundo. It was the most-watched event on U.S. television on Wednesday. A second debate featuring 10 other contenders including Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, the candidates who are leading in opinion polls, will run on the same networks on Thursday night. Wednesday’s TV audience did not reach the all-time primary record set in 2016 when 24 million viewers tuned in for the first performance by Donald Trump in a Republican candidates’ debate on Fox News Channel. Still, it far exceeded predictions from many analysts who said they expected interest would be limited so early in the election cycle and without a brash personality like Trump.”

Reuters Staff, “First U.S. Democratic presidential debate snags big TV audience,” Reuters, June 27, 2019 12:13 pm

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