Democratic primary debates vs. Republican primary debates
Huffington Post - 10/10/2015
After two history-making Republican debates, what can we expect from the Democrats? Five contenders–Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, and Jim Webb–will take the stage on Tuesday in a match that is likely to feel very different from the Republican extravaganzas of August and September. Some key points of comparison:
VIEWERSHIP. Each of the first two Republican debates drew audiences of around 24 million viewers–more than double the previous record for a presidential primary debate, and about five times the average viewership of the 2012 Republican encounters. According to a certain non-traditional candidate from New York City, these numbers can be wholly attributed to the presence of one Donald J. Trump, and it’s hard to argue with his reasoning. The Democrats, of course, have no comparable personality on their talent roster, leaving casual viewers without a similarly compelling reason to watch.