First 2020 primary debate breaks viewership records

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The second night of the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 cycle broke records with 18.1 million people tuning in on live television across NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo, according to a press release from NBC.

Why it matters: Executives were expecting modest viewership for the first Democratic primary debates of the 2020 cycle, largely due to the fact that a single candidate has not emerged as the standout media star. But debate viewership on the second night of the 2-day event broke records for the most-watched Democratic primary debate in history.

NBC announces moderators for first round of Democratic debates

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NBC announced Tuesday the group of moderators for the first round of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debates, which will feature 10 candidates each night on June 26 and 27 in Miami.

Details: The list includes MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt, "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd, "Today" co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and "Noticias Telemundo" anchor José Diaz-Balart.

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