Ten Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidates debate at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

Republican debate sets TV record with 24 million viewers

Ten Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidates debate at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in ClevelandBy Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Republican candidates’ prime-time debate on Fox News Channel drew 24 million viewers, more than double the prior record for a presidential primary debate and the highest non-sports telecast in cable TV history, according to Nielsen data released on Friday. The tally for Thursday’s event in Cleveland more than doubled Fox News Channel’s previous largest audience, the 11.8 million viewers who tuned in on election night in November 2012. The brash style of billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, who dominated news coverage in recent weeks, and the large pool of candidates participating in the debate – 10 – had spiked interest.

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