Debate Sets TV Record With 24 Million Viewers

By Lisa Richwine, Reuters - August 8, 2015

The Republican candidates' prime-time debate on Fox News Channel drew 24 million viewers, more than double the prior record for a presidential primary debate and the highest non-sports telecast in cable TV history, according to Nielsen data released on Friday. The tally for Thursday's event in Cleveland more than doubled Fox News Channel's previous largest audience, the 11.8 million viewers who tuned in on election night in November 2012.

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