Video Highlights Of High Rated Rowdy GOP Debate

Saturday night’s Republican debate started with a sober moment of silence for the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.

About ten minutes later all hell broke loose as the CBS GOP Debate looked more like WWE or even MMA. It was the wildest and most rowdy debate yet and there were plenty of fireworks with Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio all with loud and raucous exchanges.


Trump shouted about how much of a liar Cruz was. Then Cruz and Rubio yelled at each other about speaking Spanish. Bush and Trump got into a huge fight about 9/11 and some other stuff.

Meanwhile, crowed cheered, booed and acted more like a wrestling group. We were witness to a knockdown drag-out fight. The father figure John Kasich, over in one corner, hemmed and hawed about the fighting, but the audience was apparently there for a WWE match.

Ratings wise CBS got the highest rated debate thus far in 2016. The network  averaged a 9.3 household rating in Nielsen’s metered markets, surpassing the 8.9 rating for last Saturday’s Republican debate on ABC. The other GOP debates so far this year averaged a 7.4 rating (on Fox Business in mid January) and a 8.4 rating (on Fox News in late January).

For comparison’s sake, Thursday’s Democratic match-up on PBS and CNN had a combined 6.3 rating.


Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.