The GOP debate at Oakland University ranks 10th so far among the most-watched GOP gabfests.
More than 3.3 million people tuned in to the CNBC-sponsored “Your Money, Your Vote” event Nov. 9.
Three of the top 10 debates were in Iowa, with the one Dec. 10 in Des Moines drawing more than 7.6 million viewers. Sioux City five days later was next with more than 6.7 million viewers. Debates in Orlando; Las Vegas; Spartanburg, S.C.; Reagan Library in California; Ames, Iowa; Tampa, Fla.; and Washington, D.C., rounded out the top 10, according to Nielsen ratings data.
To no surprise, Michigan native Mitt Romney seems to get the most air time in many of the debates, according to the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
At OU, Romney was first, Newt Gingrich second and Herman Cain third in speaking time.
Surprisingly, Rick Perry came in fifth out of eight candidates at the debate while his infamous “Oops” comment when he forgot the third department he’d eliminate as president was the keynote sound bite at the debate and for a long time afterward.
Romney averages 13 minutes and 37 seconds of air time per debate since September, according to the school’s stats. No. 2 was Perry at 10:32 and Gingrich was third at 9:19.