CNN Democratic Town Hall Is Most Watched in Cable News History

CNN Democratic Town Hall
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It didn’t attract debate-level ratings, but CNN saw a good tune-in Monday — winning among the cable news networks — for its Democratic Town Hall gathering in Iowa.

Coming just a week before the Iowa caucus, “CNN Iowa Democratic Candidates Town Hall” averaged 3.2 million viewers from 9-11 p.m. ET, according to Nielsen. The event, hosted by Chris Cuomo, was No. 1 in cable news for the night in both total viewers and the key news demo of adults 25-54 (944,000). In 25-54, CNN outdrew the combined deliveries of Fox News (407,000) and MSNBC (205,000).

According to CNN, the 3.2 million makes Monday’s town hall the most-watched primary candidates’ cable news event (excluding debates) on record. By comparison, last night’s event drew more than double the demo audience (944,000 vs. 416,000) of MNSBC’s recent “First in the South Presidential Forum,” though that one had the disadvantage of airing on a lighter-watched Friday night.

The post-program, “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon” (11 p.m.-1 a.m. ET) also ranked No. 1 on Monday among total viewers (1.275 million) and the demo (425,000). In the time period, Fox News was second (1.136 million, including 314,000 adults 25-54) and MSNBC a distant third (407,000 total viewers, including 117,000 adults 25-54).

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  1. such a biased interview CNN conducted soft on Hillary and hard on Bernie, shame on them

  2. gigi says:

    Bernie was amazing!! Love that guy so much!!! :D #power2theppl!

  3. Bill B. says:

    Oh so refreshing as opposed to the venomous Republican debates. Sanders is really very likable and I really like his message, but it is too one note and she has proven to good at this. O’Malley, who I don’t think poorly of, but he lost me this time. From the having to stand, to the coat off, to the sleeves being rolled up to eventually loosening of the tie, he lost me with this very rehearsed performance. It was a little embarrassing.

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