CBS Debate draws 8.5 Millon

There was no countdown clock and no big hype, but CBS held a debate between the Democratic Presidential candidates on Saturday. 

The much lower key debate did not have near the controversy about the questions or the moderators.

But, It also didn't pull as big of a number. 

Still, 8.55 million viewers tuned in on a Saturday night to watch. 

A large number also streamed the debate. CBSN set viewership records for its debate coverage, drawing 1.2 million streams across Connected TV devices, mobile and online platforms. CBSN also set full-day viewership records with 2.4 million total streams on Saturday.

The debate was broadcast live from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, last night on the CBS Television Network and across all CBS News platforms. John Dickerson, was the principal moderator. He joined by CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes and a couple of local Iowa Reporters that played bit parts in the debate.

Twitter provided CBS News with real-time data and insights, as well as live reaction and questions from voters across the country, some of which were incorporated into the debate.