What if Democrat voters are not as impressed by a clown bus of candidates relentlessly reciting leftist talking points at each other?
CNN’s poor debate ratings suggest that after the first few debates, viewers have had enough and really don’t want anymore.
The first night of CNN’s Democratic debate in Detroit drew 8.7 million television viewers, a steep drop from last month’s event hosted by NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.
The June event brought in 15.3 million viewers across the three networks on Night One, with 18.1 million tuning in for the second night, a Democratic primary record.
CNN also announced that 2.8 million watched via livestream on the network’s platforms. NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo said they drew more than 9 million online stream viewers on the first debate night in June across their own digital properties, along with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
This isn’t exactly good news for the Dems. Although it may be good news for Biden. And some of the poorer debate performers.
So what’s going on here?
1. More Democrats may be solidifying behind chosen candidates and see less reason to watch the debates. But the data for that is thin.
2. After two nights of this, people are increasingly bored. The debates are repetitive and offer few surprises. The candidates don’t really engage. And there are too many of them. And aside from Marianne Williamson, and to a lesser degree, Andrew Yang, they’re not entertaining.
If you don’t follow politics, what you’re really seeing are a bunch of people you don’t know, squabbling without actually settling things. And not in a particularly interesting way either.
I suspect ratings may pick up when the field narrows. But viewers losing interest this early on is a bad sign. For the Dems.
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