June 27, 2019 / 7:10 PM / 4 months ago

First U.S. Democratic presidential debate draws large TV audience

June 27 (Reuters) - About 15.3 million TV viewers watched Wednesday's debate among Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke and eight other candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president, according to Nielsen data released by NBC News.

The viewership for the face-off, which did not include frontrunners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, was bigger than many analysts predicted and in line with the audience for the first Democratic debate of the 2016 election cycle.

Wednesday's debate was broadcast live on Comcast Corp networks NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.

Reporting by Lisa Richwine Editing by Bill Trott

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