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Trump Debate Broke Ratings Records With 24 Million Viewers

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Twenty four million people tuned into Fox News for the 9 pm debate, according to Nielsen's calculations, and Nielsen estimates that 16 percent of American households with televisions watched Trump and his rivals duke it out.

In addition to being the most watched primary debate in television history, a Fox News spokeswoman told CNN that it was also the highest-rated telecast in the channel's history.

Updated at 2:15 p.m.: This story has been updated to include new numbers reported by CNN.