The Republican presidential primary debate hosted by NewsNation on Wednesday saw the worst ratings of all debates this cycle, with event only drawing in 1.6 million viewers.
The debate also aired on NewsNation’s sister network CW, attracting an additional 2.5 million viewers, giving a total audience of 4.1 million.
The audience for the two-hour debate from Tuscaloosa, Alabama dropped 47% from the third debate November 8 in Miami, which saw an average of 7.51 million viewers.
“NewsNation was incredibly honored to host last night’s debate, and we are very pleased that so many viewers tuned in and watched,” said Sean Compton, president of Networks for Nexstar Media said in a statement.
“This debate represents a remarkable achievement for a cable news network that is just barely three years old,” Compton added. “We’re very proud of the NewsNation team, the great job done by the moderators, and the overall production. In the end, the real winners last night were the nation’s voters.”