The Democratic primary debate simulcast on PBS and CNN averaged 8.03 million viewers, on par with the audiences for recent showdowns between the party's 2016 White House contenders.
PBS produced the debate, which was anchored by "PBS Newshour" anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. CNN paid a license fee to simulcast the match-up between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders in Milwaukee and ran commercials on its air during the breaks.
CNN, which promoted the debate throughout the day, drew 4.1 million viewers from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern. The event averaged 3.9 million on PBS stations.
The total was in line with the viewing level for the Democratic primary...