I understand that CNN is trying its best to gild their lily, but come on.
CNN’s Tuesday night debate averaged 15.3 million viewers, easily making it the highest-rated Democratic debate ever.
Primary debates at this point in past election cycles have averaged 2 to 5 million viewers. But there’s something special about this election — something that has a lot more viewers paying attention.
The Democratic candidate has one chance to win next year, and it’s this way: by sparking the same relative levels of enthusiasm and interest in 2016 that Barack Obama managed in 2008. Getting 3x as many viewers this go round as compared to 2008 is nice, but when the other side is racking up 5x, it’s bad news for you. And it doesn’t matter why they tuned in; it matters that they tuned in, and kept watching.
But, hey, never mind me.