NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, December 20, 2015, 1:40 PM
The 2016 Democratic debate on Saturday night got the lowest TV ratings of any debate this cycle, preliminary figures released Sunday showed.
About 6.71 million viewers tuned into the prime-time debate between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, Nielsen data showed, well below all of the other Democratic and Republican debates this year.
The viewership for the two-hour debate — held on the Saturday night before Christmas and moderated and televised by ABC — had been expected to be low.
The previous Democratic debate on Nov. 14 in Nevada, which was also held on a Saturday night, drew 8.5 million viewers.
About 15.3 million people tuned in to the party’s first debate on Oct. 13 — the most ever for a Democratic debate.
The three most viewed Republican debates, by comparison, have drawn 25 million, 23 million and 18 million viewers, mostly due to the presence of bombastic front-runner and former reality TV star Donald Trump.