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CNN will air the next GOP debate, scheduled for Sept. 16 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and there already is anticipation among some in the TV news industry that the audience could be even larger.
Before the CNN interview aired, all three major cable news networks went live around 7 p.m. ET with Trump's news conference and "town hall" appearance in Derry, N.H.
Trump also boosted the Sunday morning audience for NBC's "Meet The Press" to its highest level since Feb. 9, 2014. NBC political director Chuck Todd interviewed Trump while he stumped in Iowa, the real estate mogul's first appearance on the program as a candidate.
The extended coverage on cable news indicates that Trump's candidacy has transitioned from what looked like a novelty to a full-blown movement as he remains the front-runner in every poll of Republican contenders. But the ratings are likely making it an easy decision to spend more time on him.