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Fourth GOP debate ratings drop by 47%, report

The fourth GOP debate drew a little bit more than four million viewers on NewsNation and the CW Network.

Published: December 8, 2023 1:54pm

Updated: December 8, 2023 2:33pm

The fourth 2024 GOP presidential primary debate on Wednesday drew a little bit more than 4 million viewers on the startup network NewsNation and the CW Network.

The number of viewers for the debate, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was 47% fewer than the number for the third debate, which was broadcast by NBC and staged in Florida. Roughly 7 million people tuned in, according to the New York Post

The first GOP debate was held in August, and roughly 12.8 million people watched. For the second debate, more than nine million viewers watched.

Front-running candidate Donald Trump did not participate in any of the debates. 

“NewsNation was incredibly honored to host last night’s debate, and we are very pleased that so many viewers tuned in and watched,” said Sean Compton, president of networks for Nexstar Media, in a statement.

According to reports, CNN is expected to host at least two GOP debates in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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