Numbers are in for the GOP presidential debate without Trump vs. Trump alone show.
FNC's (Fox News Channel) Trumpless debate garnered about 12.5 million viewers for candidates averaging totaling about 53% in the polls.
So only about 18% of the cable viewing audience preferred to watch Trump alone--which is about half the 35% he is averaging in the polls. And that, of course, includes the regular CNN and MSNBC viewing audience (about 1.6 million from the previous week's numbers).
But Trump's rivals, like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, still reached a big audience -- more than 12 million people -- by debating, which suggests that there are some limits to Trump's power.
Fox's Trump-less debate had 12.5 million viewers between 9 and 11 p.m., according to Nielsen.
By comparison, two of the cable channels that showed parts of Trump's fundraising event, CNN and MSNBC, had about 2.7 million viewers combined. A plethora of smaller outlets also televised and streamed Trump, but no further viewership data is available.So, Trump drew about 1.1 million more viewers to CNN and MSNBC than they got the week before. While Cruz, et. al., drew about 10.1 million more viewers to FNC than Fox got the week before. Doesn't mirror the polls, but does seem to reflect where serious political people feel they may find substance.