Fox Business to Host Its Second Night of GOP Presidential Debates on Jan. 14
Fox Business Network (FBN) will host two additional Republican presidential primary debates on Thursday, January 14.
The Republican National Committee-sanctioned debates will take place at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, South Carolina, two days after the State of the Union address.
The network’s inaugural debate night, which took place in November, smashed FBN ratings records with 13.5 million viewers, 3.7 million of which were in the advertiser-friendly demo of persons aged 25-54, making it the highest-rated program in the network’s history.
The livestream on FoxBusiness.com reached 1.4 million concurrent streams, a record for the network’s site. This beat out NBC’s 2015 Super Bowl, which saw 1.3 million concurrent livestreams, and CNN’s 921,000 concurrent streams for the September GOP debate.
The debates will factor in both national polls, as well as those based in Iowa and New Hampshire conducted and released prior to Monday, January 11 at 6 p.m. ET. The primetime debate will feature candidates that place in the top six nationally, and place within the top five in Iowa or New Hampshire, while the remaining candidates will be invited to the early debate.
In order to qualify for the primetime debate, candidates must either:
- Place in the top six nationally, based on an average of the five most recent national polls recognized by Fox News.
- Place in the top five in Iowa, based on an average of the five most recent Iowa state polls recognized by Fox News.
- Place in the top five in New Hampshire, based on an average of the five most recent New Hampshire state polls recognized by Fox News.
Such polling must be conducted by major nationally and state recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques (i.e., live interviewers, random digit-dial sampling techniques and include both landlines and cell phones).
In order to qualify for the first debate, candidates must register at least one percent in ONE of the five most recent national polls.
Additional debate details, including times and moderators, will be announced closer to the date.
Read the full press release and be sure to tune in on Thursday, January 14!