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Democratic debate draws 8.6 million viewers for CBS

Democratic debate draws 8.6 million viewers for CBS

The second Democratic primary debate held in Des Moines, Iowa, pulled in a respectable audience of 8.6 million viewers to CBS on Saturday.

The number from Nielsen isn't as spectacular as the other debates that have pulled record audiences for CNN, CNBC, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. But Saturday night typically has the smallest TV audience of the week, and there is barely any habitual viewing of the broadcast network viewing outside of sports telecasts.

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...