Shocker: Folks kinda sorta getting tired of GOP debates

posted at 8:30 pm on January 8, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Last night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire drew just 6.25 million viewers, down from the last two debates, reports Deadline Hollywood.

ABC News’ Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire last night averaged 6.25 million total viewers, 1.4 million of them in the 28-49 demographic and 1.73 million in 25-54. That was good enough for third place among the GOP debates so far this campaign behind the two most recent ones: ABC News’ December 10 debate (7.57 million total viewers) and Fox News’ December 15 debate (6.71 million). ABC points out that last night’s debate, anchored by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos, aired against the late NFL wildcard game, which pitted Detroit vs. New Orleans.

Note that the ABC debate had to compete with the NFL wildcard game – not with the college football national championships, as the GOP candidates themselves seemed to think. Somebody needs to send a memo to our good men running for president to update them on the world of sports, which, incidentally, is a realm from which they could learn a thing or two about leadership. (Think John Wooden.)

True, third place among 14 debates is still somewhat respectable, and, yes, the debate was on a Saturday night, but, with the primaries actually underway, interest should be increasing not waning. This morning’s debate, which by Guy Benson’s account was a sharper affair than last night’s MSM massacre of the not-Mitts, likely drew still fewer viewers than the ABC debate.

Interest will continue to decline if every debate makes the candidates worse than they looked before it began. If the candidates want to perform well in debates moderated by hostile former Democratic operatives, then they need to uniformly adopt a Newt-like strategy to turn questions against the moderators. My favorite moment of last night remains the moment in which Gingrich reminded his snide questioners that the gay adoption issue runs in two directions; it’s a religious liberty issue as well as a supposed civil rights issue. The GOP needs more of that.

Thankfully, we are at least more than halfway through the primary debates. Just eight more to go!


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who wouldn’t be tired of a room made up of a conspritard truther isolationist senile nutbag. A Frothy mixture religious fanatic who’s like a western version of an islamofascit. An undisciplined whiny baggage toting fatso with a giant ego. Nice hair from Texas. A Mass liberal and the Manchurian candidate. Nice jobs GOP the only failures you didn’t run were that stupe from Nevada that couldn’t unseat Harry Reid and that pathetic kooky witch from Delaware.

Good job boys these losers guarantee 4 more years of Prezident Downgrade, a narrower margin in the House and at best a pick up of 2 seats in the Senate. You idjits should be so proud of what you’ve done here.

Your Mamma loves me on January 9, 2012 at 3:13 AM

libfreeordie on January 8, 2012 at 9:10 PM

If anyone ever tried to harm my cats, their family would be visiting what was left of them at the county morgue. Vermin that abuse precocious animals are likely to also abuse people.
You get over YOURSELF!
annoyinglittletwerp on January 8, 2012 at 9:15 PM

(heavy sigh)

Darn it ‘twerp, are you going to force me to go “head to head” with you over “the value of animals vs the value of humans” again?

You’re expressing greater contempt for Michael Vick than you do for (insert any other type of criminal, HERE).

What Michael Vick did to those dogs does not disqualify him to live OR play a professional sport in the “public arena” OR be cheered on by those of us pulling for the Phila Eagles.

listens2glenn on January 9, 2012 at 3:19 AM

What Michael Vick did to those dogs does not disqualify him to live OR play a professional sport in the “public arena” OR be cheered on by those of us pulling for the Phila Eagles.

listens2glenn on January 9, 2012 at 3:19 AM

Or the professed American Judeo/Christian value of forgiveness. Personally, I haaaaate what Michael Vick did, but he went to prison and did anti-dog fighting ads and obeyed all of his other parole requirements. Don’t Americans still love redemption? A comeback from iniquity? It’s so rare that Pro Athletes do something with their second chances (see: Darryl Strawberry).

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 9, 2012 at 4:10 AM

I haven’t read the whole thread but let me get this straight – as part of his rehabilitation, Michael Vick is running in the GOP primary?

CorporatePiggy on January 9, 2012 at 7:08 AM

A good satire of the recent “debate”:
http://thekencarroll.blogspot.com/2012/01/abc-gop-debate-reveals-abcs-positions.html#more

Czar of Defenestration on January 9, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Viewership is lower because:

1) Dianne Sawyer sucks and looks drunk
2) George Stefanie-opolous sucks and is a Clintern hack
3) There was an NFL playoff game.

Schwalbe Me-262 on January 9, 2012 at 9:05 AM

These debates have gotten to the point of helping Odumbo with each one.

rjoco1 on January 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM

You can put lipstick on a pig but it is still Diane Sawyer.

jqc1970 on January 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM

One of a thousand reasons they are called the stupid party. A lame stream moderated debate a week, open and winner take all primaries;a big gift for the democRATS.

borntoraisehogs on January 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

“Tired.” You have no idea of how tired I am of this never-ending show of jealous folks jockeying for attention. Everything that they had to say could have been accomplished with one free-for-all.

dockywocky on January 9, 2012 at 3:17 PM

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