James Hibberd
October 19, 2011 AT 08:16 PM EDT

CNN’s presentation of the latest Republican debate delivered a healthy 5.5 million viewers Tuesday night.

The showdown in Las Vegas moderated by Anderson Cooper was the second most-watched debate this season, second to Fox News coverage of the Sept. 22 debate (6.1 million). Still, last night’s debate was up 51 percent from CNN’s coverage of the Tampa Debate on Sept. 12. In the cable news network 25-54 demo, 1.7 million viewers tuned in.

For more, check out Ken Tucker’s take on the debate here.

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