The Republican debate Thursday night is Fox Business Network’s second debate, and like the first one, there is some confusion about how people can watch it.
That’s because on some cable and satellite systems, FBN is not a ‘first tier’ channel. In other words, you have to subscribe and pay extra to watch it.
It’s also not a channel many people normally watch according to an ‘Eyewitness News’ analysis of Rentrak ratings data in the Stateline area. It averages about 1/3rd of the ratings of rival business channel CNBC in most time periods, and has a fraction of the ratings of its sister-channel Fox News Channel, which is the most watched cable news channel in the Stateline.
For the debate, however, FBN is making accommodations for those who want to watch it.
If you have cable or satellite TV, FBN is offering the debate to non-subscribers on its cable channel (Channel 410 on Rockford’s Comcast. To find it on your system, go to our TV directory here).
They will also livestream it for desktop and mobile devices on their website, FOXbusiness.com. During the last debate, FBN claimed it was the most live-streamed event ever, with 1.4 million viewing it that way.
The debate will begin at 8pm CST. An ‘undercard’ debate will begin at 5pm CDT. It will be held in the early primary state of South Carolina.
The main debate will feature just seven candidates this time, Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio, former Governor Jeb Bush, Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. John Kasich. The ‘undercard’ debate will include Carly Fiorina, former Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Sen. Rick Santorum. Sen. Rand Paul decided to not participate.