The fourth Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday on CNN took in a slightly lower Nielsen-measured 8.3 million TV viewers compared to an earlier debate on the cable network -- but saw a tripling of live streams to 9.2 million.
The CNN/New York Times Democratic presidential debate saw 4 million total live-stream starts on CNN and The New York Times platforms. Adding in 5.2 million Facebook live starts, the total came to 9.2 million across CNN, The New York Times and CNN Facebook Pages.
For the second debate in July -- a two-night event on CNN -- live streaming came in at 2.8 million for the first night and 3.1 million for the second night. In traditional TV viewing, CNN had 8.7 million viewers on the first night and 10.8 million for the second night.
When looking at a similar like-to-like TV measure, average minute viewing for the latest debate -- the combined live streaming on CNN and The New York Times -- posted 449,000 average minute viewers.
CNN's TV results were lower than the third Democratic presidential debate in September, which aired on ABC and took in 14.1 million Nielsen viewers.
The first debate on NBC networks -- airing on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo in June and also a two-night event -- scored a total of 15.3 million viewers for the first night and 18.1 million for the second.
NBC averaged 9 million live streams for each of the nights.