- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly 12 million viewers watched Thursday’s Republican Party debate aired live by CNN from Miami, according to the Nielsen ratings company.

The debate, which featured Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich, was the GOP’s second least-watched this political season. Only the Jan. 14 debate on Fox Business Network drew fewer viewers, 11.1 million. The most recent debate, aired by Fox News Channel from Detroit, drew 16.9 million on March 3.

In addition to Thursday’s TV audience, another 1.9 million digital streams were logged.

The debate - the 12th GOP faceoff overall - was moderated by CNN anchor Jake Tapper. Questioners included CNN Chief Political correspondent Dana Bash, Washington Times political correspondent Stephen Dinan and Salem Radio host Hugh Hewitt.


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