Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton (C) speaks as Bernie Sanders (L) and Martin OMalley look on during the second Democratic presidential primary debate Saturday night.
The latest 2016 Democratic debate got the lowest ratings of any debates during the current presidential race, preliminary figures released Sunday showed.
Only 7.22 million people tuned into the Saturday night debate — the second of the season for Democrats — between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, according to overnight Nielsen ratings data.
The two-hour event, moderated and televised by CBS, focused mainly on terrorism and national security issues in light of the attacks that tore through Paris Friday, killing at least 129 people.
A Public Policy Polling survey released Sunday revealed that 67% of Democratic voters thought Clinton won the debate.
The low ratings for the event, however, were not a surprise, given its unusual Saturday night timeslot and the fact that Clinton is considered the overwhelming favorite in the race for the Democratic nomination.
By comparison, about 15.3 million people tuned the party’s first debate on Oct. 13 — the most ever for a Democratic debate.
Even more watched the first two Republican events, on Fox News on Aug. 6 and CNN on Sept. 16, which garnered a whopping 25 million viewers and 23 million viewers, respectively.