Politics 30 March 2010 Ask the Chancellors TV debate: the viewing figures Channel 4 reveals audience numbers. Print HTML Channel 4's Ask the Chancellors debate drew 1.8 million viewers last night. To put that figure into context, that's about double the average audience for Channel 4 News. The station will be satisfied with the number and more than satisfied with the "noise" its programme has created in the run-up to the broadcast and since. Ask the Chancellors led the BBC Ten O'Clock News and Newsnight last night and featured on the front pages of all this morning's quality papers. As a forerunner to the leaders' debates -- which are likely to kick off on Thursday 15 April and run for three consecutive Thursdays -- it looks promising, too. After all, the Chancellor and would-be chancellors are mere warm-up acts for the Prime Minister and would-be PMs. And ITV and the BBC, which are showing debates one and three respectively, deliver more viewers each evening in any case. Follow the New Statesman team on Facebook. › Vince wins battle of the facts Jon Bernstein, former deputy editor of New Statesman, is a digital strategist and editor. He tweets @Jon_Bernstein. 12 issues for £12 Subscribe More Related articles How can London’s mothers escape the poverty trap? Cameron shows how the Tories aim to take advantage of Labour What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?