Ratings: CNN’s Republican Town Hall Easily Tops MSNBC’s Donald Trump Hour

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CNN was the top-rated cable news network on Wednesday, as the first of its two Republican town hall gatherings this week easily outdrew MSNBC’s own town hall special with Donald Trump — an event that was announced only one day earlier.

According to fast nationals from Nielsen, CNN’s GOP Town Hall from Greenville, S.C., led cable news for the 8-11 p.m. time period Wednesday in both total viewers (2.307 million) and the key adults 25-54 news demo (758,000). Fox News Channel was second with mostly regular programming (2.116 million, including 393,000 adults 25-54) and MSNBC ran a distant third (1.227 million, including 281,000 adults 25-54).

Airing from 8 to 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday, CNN’s town hall was moderated by Anderson Cooper and featured presidential candidates Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in front of a live studio audience. A second GOP town hall, this one featuring Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Trump, will air tonight on CNN.

Specifically in the 8 o’clock hour last night, CNN’s town hall drew 2.057 million viewers and 629,000 adults 25-54 — towering over MSNBC (1.432 million, 341,000 adults 25-54), which had a town hall event with Trump moderated by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Fox News Channel, with Eric Bolling filling in for Bill O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor,” placed second in the demo (373,000) and first in total viewers (2.321 million).

Opposite CNN’s second GOP town hall of the week tonight, MSNBC is hosting a Democratic town hall with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. It will be preceded at 8 p.m. ET by Rachel Maddow’s interview with Joe Biden.

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  1. IS NSNBC THE NEW COMEDY CHANNEL?
    Found the MSNBC “Townhall” with the hosts of Morning Joe embarrassing to watch…. A “ménage à trois!” Then on Good Morning Joe they totally attempt to laugh off Joe Cline’s spot on assessment of Trump and in fact later after Cline had left the show they actually used a four year old girl to mock and ridicule Cline! SAD!

    I think they are both looking for White House jobs under Trump! My wife just thinks their love affair with Trump is just for ratings

    I THINK THEY ARE HEADING FOR FOX
    .…… whose right?

  2. Bill B. says:

    OMG, they are all so horrible that it is unimaginable that one of them could be the President of the United States. Bush, and apparently his family, simply cannot accept the fact that the country is done with them. I don’t know what the hell Carson is doing except perhaps getting material for a book. Kasich seems sane, but no one really cares & I suspect he is running for VP and the top two would be abominations to the US. Rubio is somewhere in between the right wing loonies and the lost causes.

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