The second Democratic primary debate held in Des Moines, Iowa, pulled in a respectable audience of 8.6 million viewers to
The number from Nielsen isn't as spectacular as the other debates that have pulled record audiences for
The network's debate coverage, which aired from 9 to 11 p.m. ET, was the most watched program of the night. Among Democratic debates televised since 1996, it ranks fourth. The first 2016 Democratic primary debate, which pulled in 15 million viewers for CNN on Oct. 13, ranks first. Fox News Channel's Aug. 6 Republican primary debate is the most-watched contest for either party, with 24 million viewers.
Saturday's debate from Drake University was moderated by CBS News political director and "Face the Nation" anchor John Dickerson. Due to the terrorist attacks in Paris, the debate had a greater emphasis on international policy and security than anticipated.
The debate, which included