The Democratic presidential candidates smashed a scores report on Wednesday night, drawing a put together viewers of 19.7 million to the most recent primary debate, Nielsen stated on Thursday.

Revealed on NBC and MSNBC from the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, the broadcast was the most watched in the record of Democratic presidential most important debates. It conquer the earlier report-holder from June, when 18.1 million viewers tuned in to NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo for the 2nd Democratic debate of the present election cycle.

Ahead of the Wednesday discussion, viewers’ fascination in the Democratic matchups experienced seemed to amount off. Because Oct, an regular of approximately 6 million to 8 million persons tuned in for the past 5 contests, in accordance to the Nielsen scores.

For some context: Past night’s viewership totals throughout the two networks outperformed two other stay prime-time functions this year, the Grammy Awards (18.7 million viewers on CBS) and the Golden Globes (18.3 million on NBC).

The Wednesday discussion may have created fascination thanks to the addition of a newcomer: Michael R. Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, who has put in hundreds of tens of millions of bucks on tv commercials and on line advertisements due to the fact moving into the race in November.

Mr. Bloomberg is not on the ballot for the up coming contest — Saturday’s Nevada caucuses — but rival television executives signaled in advance of Wednesday’s discussion that viewer fascination would be stoked by the prospect of watching the billionaire blend it up with 5 Democratic rivals.

Mr. Bloomberg seemed sluggish as he experimented with to fend off repeated attacks from his competition, most notably by Senator Elizabeth Warren. Almost 8 months following the existing cycle’s initially Democratic presidential debate, the Las Vegas version was the most energetic, freewheeling and ferocious so far.

The moderators had been Lester Holt and Chuck Todd of NBC, Hallie Jackson of NBC and MSNBC, Vanessa Hauc of Noticias Telemundo and Jon Ralston of The Nevada Independent. Ms. Hauc had a tense experience-off with Senator Amy Klobuchar following urgent her on her failure to title the president of Mexico for the duration of an interview on Telemundo this 7 days.

The fantastic majority of viewers did not switch absent as the two-hour discussion went on. In the very first hour, which began at 9 p.m. Japanese time, the ordinary put together audience for NBC and MSNBC stood at 19.9 million. In the 2nd hour, 19.4 million were being watching, in accordance to Nielsen.

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