By Anne VanderMey
December 26, 2015

The staff of Fortune recently assembled the best business moments of 2015. Here’s one of our picks.

FOX NEWS: 24 million viewers, August

CNN: 23 million viewers, September

CNBC: 14 million viewers, October

It may not be just chance that when a reality-TV star graced the Republican primary debates, they broke ratings records. (Donald Trump doesn’t think so, anyway.) The first bout, hosted by the Fox News Channel in August, was the most watched ever. Subsequent debates drew less attention, but even the 14 million viewers for CNBC marked all-time high ratings for that network.

This article is part of Fortune’s Best in Business 2015 package of highlights and lowlights of the year in business, politics and the economy by the writers and editors of Fortune. To see the entire package, click here.

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