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Latest Dem debate gets lowest ratings of any this year

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Sunday, December 20, 2015, 1:40 PM

Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders participated in the Democratic presidential debate hosted by ABC News on Saturday.JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

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.

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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.

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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.

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