LOS ANGELES — Nielsen is including Fox News Channel as a big winner of last week's Republican presidential debates.
Its Thursday night airing of the A-list debate, which gathered the 10 highest-polling GOP hopefuls including Donald Trump, was by far the week's most-watched program on either cable or broadcast, drawing 24 million viewers.
Following that debate, "The Kelly File," hosted by debate co-moderator Megyn Kelly, was seen by nearly 11 million, ranking third for the week.
And even Thursday's earlier GOP face-off won Fox News Channel 6 million viewers.
Fox News was easily the week's most popular cable network overall, averaging 4.26 million viewers.
Among broadcast networks, NBC won the week in prime time, averaging 5.6 million viewers, followed by CBS, ABC and Fox.
Frazier Moore, The Associated Press