Just 24 days before the Iowa caucuses, nearly 7.6 million people sat up and took notice of ABC News’s GOP presidential debate Saturday night from 9 to 11 p.m. — the biggest audience yet for a GOP presidential debate of the 2012 campaign season.
“Your Voice, Your Vote” — starring Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos, co-starring candidates Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul — ranked as Saturday night’s most watched program.
The latest “Your Voice, Your Vote” on ABC outperformed the ratings record-holder — Fox News Channel’s GOP presidential hopefuls sparring match of Sept. 22 — by about 1.47 million viewers.
FNC’s debate, which clocked about 6.11 million viewers, had held the record while three more debates came and went:
●A CNN debate on Oct. 18 (5.5 million)
●A CNBC debate on Nov. 9 (3.3 million
●A CBS debate on Nov. 12 (5.3 million)
“We’re just so excited people are tuning in for this election — paying attention to this election,” Diane Sawyer told The TV Column on Monday morning. “As we said, people really want to be informed for this choice. I think that’s what we’re seeing the viewership in all these debates.”