- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The Republican presidential debates continue to be a big television draw, with 18 million people tuning in to the confrontation from Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

The Nielsen company said on Wednesday this made it the third most-watched among the five GOP primary debates that have taken place so far this year.

The first one this summer, seen by 24 million people on Fox News Channel, tops the list. But CNN this week exceeded the viewership for the previous two Republican contests, which both aired on financial news networks.

Tuesday’s Republican debate focused on national security issues and fighting terrorism.

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