US President Election 2020 – fifth debate of Democrats sees a drop in viewership

Less number of viewers for the fifth debate of Democrats must have got the candidates worried. Decline in viewership of a live broadcast must worry the contenders.


The fifth debate of Democrats for the US President Election 2020 has come as a shock to many. This is because of low viewership, which was 6.6 million TV viewers. The comparative figure last month was 8.3 million. Before that, in June, it was 18.1 million. One factor for this could be too many contenders from the Democratic Party. It is customary for the party to reduce the numbers through debates. These debates are platforms from where the candidates try to woo the voter. However, the declining trend reveals a loss of audience appeal. This could have many reasons. A possible reason could be audience fatigue from watching the Trump impeachment inquiry hearings. It received extensive coverage over the cable news and broadcast networks and might have edged out the debate. Another is the lack of enthusiasm from voters with ten Democrats still in the field.

The Atlanta debate

A field of ten candidates in the fifth debate of Democrats at Atlanta must have led to confusion among the voters. The Democratic National Committee might need to modify the rules to ensure a smaller field by now. That would have allowed for better interaction with voters. Those who participated in the debate were former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, businessperson Tom Steyer, and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

There are women in the fray

The US President Election 2020 has three women Democrats. They are Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. In case one of them wins against Trump, it would mean a woman as the 46th US President. The Democratic candidates meet again on Dec. 12. That debate will air on PBS and CNN.

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