This is almost exactly how I saw the debate too. I was shocked when most of the reviews came out more negative for Cruz - especially on the immigration debate where I thought Cruz had won hands down.
I got up to the part where Chris Wallace snubbed him, and thought, oh boy here we go. I then briefly went into the kitchen to help the wife, and by the time I got back Cruz was tearing it up...and that continued for the remainder of the debate.
We're at the stage where most issue polls often reflect the popularity of the candidate, rather than the issue itself.
Between them, Trump and Rubio have more supporters than does Cruz. But Cruz may have more supporters than does either Trump or Rubio.
We'll just have to wait and see...