Democratic debate viewership drops 43 percent from June's opening round

Democratic debate night one.
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Viewership for Tuesday's opening night of the second round of Democratic debates wasn't nearly as impressive as June's first round, though it was far from a disaster for CNN.

About 8.6 million people tuned in for Tuesday's debate, which featured Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) but not former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), per The Hollywood Reporter. This represents a 43 percent drop from the 15.2 million people who tuned into the first night of Democratic debates last month, but then again, that debate aired across three different networks — NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo — while Tuesday's debate only aired on CNN.

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