ABC News hit the proverbial ratings jackpot Saturday night with their hosting of the latest GOP presidential debate.
The network, which took a chance by hosting the debate on a Saturday night, benefited from the lack of football competition on what is normally a sports laden night on television and scored the highest debate ratings of the 2012 election cycle with an average of 7.6 million viewers, easily beating the previous high of 6.1 million who watched a Fox News debate on September 22nd. ABC also averaged 2.1 million viewers in the key A25-54 demographic, topping the 1.73 million that watched the MSNBC sponsored debate on September 7.
While the debate was a ratings success for ABC it was heavily criticized by conservatives for the liberal bias displayed by moderators Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos, as they appeared to be more interested in getting the candidates to attack each other rather than President Obama, whom each of them is vying to succeed next year.
But that is what you get when you allow the mainstream media to moderate the debates, especially at a time when they can sense that their favorite son Barack Obama is in trouble with the voters and could use a little help in bringing down the opposition.