James Hibberd
December 11, 2011 AT 12:00 PM EST

ABC News’ coverage of the Republican debate on Saturday night was the most-watched debate yet from the 2012 election season.

A total of 7.6 million viewers tuned in to watch Newt Gingrich defend his front-runner status in Iowa. That tops last month’s Republican debate on CBS, which delivered 5.5 million. The debate comes 24 days before primary voters pick their candidate in Iowa.

Here’s Ken Tucker’s review of the debate (“all-Newt, all the time”).

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