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CNN says debate set network record with 22.9 mln viewers

(Adds updated ratings figures)

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - The Republican presidential candidates' prime-time debate on CNN attracted an average of 22.9 million viewers, the network said on Thursday, making it the highest-rated program in the channel's history.

The figures, based on Nielsen data, fell short of the 24 million who tuned in last month when Republican candidates took part in a...