CNN may have been the biggest loser on Tuesday night, hosting the Democratic primary debate with the lowest rating in this election cycle.
During the three-hour television program, the network landed an average of 8.3 million views. That was quite a drop from the previous two-part debate in July, when the crowd reached 10.7 million. The CNN debate also saw a decline of almost 50 percent over the first NBC News debate in June with 15.3 million viewers.
In addition, 449,000 viewers saw live streams on various platforms by CNN and The New York Times.
The fourth debate included 12 candidates on one stage. They were: former Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Senator Kamala Harris from California; Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang; Sen. Cory Booker from New Jersey; former MP Beto O 'Rourke from Texas; Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; former Minister of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro; Deputy Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; and billionaire donor Tom Steyer.
CNN DEBATE OF CRITICS DAMAGES THE NETWORK'S CREDIBILITY
CNN and The Times were subject to criticism during and after the debate. The hosting news agencies got a backlash because they did not question the 1
Even the candidates slammed the heads of the debates. Castro blew up the debate because he did not ask questions about climate change, but took time to ask questions about Ellen DeGeneres's friendship with former President George W. Bush. Similarly, Harris called on news organizations that overlook climate change, immigration, and LGBT issues.
However, Gabbard may have had the most violent attack she undertook on the debut stage.
"The New York Times and CNN have also smiled on veterans like me for calling for an end to this regime change war," she said, pointing to the moderators. "Just two days ago, the New York Times published an article saying I was a Russian activist and an Assad apologist, and all of these various drawbacks.This morning, a national television CNN commentator said I was an activist Of Russia – Totally Despicable. "
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Gabbard appeared to refer to comments by CNN analyst Bakari Sellers, in which she called the Congressman "Puppet for the Russian government" described.
Brian Flood of Fox News contributed to this report