CNN’s Trump family town hall, in which Donald Trump said the political system was “stacked against me,” was a ratings winner Tuesday night, with the network dominating the 9 o’clock hour in demos among the cable news channels and also leading in total viewers.
In early Nielsen numbers, the special town hall edition of “Anderson Cooper 360” averaged 570,000 adults 25-54 and 2.154 million total viewers during the 9-10 p.m. ET hour — more than double the numbers generated one night earlier when the host sat down with the family of John Kasich (250,000 in the demo and 861,000 total viewers).
In the demo for the hour last night, CNN beat runner-up Fox News Channel (348,000) by 64% and bested MSNBC (330,000) by 73%. In total viewers, CNN’s 2.154 million was followed by 1.992 for Fox News and 1.213 for MSNBC.
Overall on Tuesday, CNN led primetime in the demo with 438,000, followed by Fox News (366,000) and MSNBC (281,000). FNC led in total viewers (2.089 million), followed by CNN (1.531 million) and MSNBC (1.025 million).
Tuesday’s town hall in New York City, held one week before the state’s primary, featured Trump’s wife, Melania, and children Ivanka, Eric, Donald Jr. and Tiffany. The Republican front-runner used the opportunity to assail the party’s political process, saying “I know the rules very well, but I know it’s stacked against me by my establishment.”
He also continued to rip the party for rules that produced “unfair” results in Colorado, where rival Ted Cruz was awarded all 34 of the state’s delegates. “They changed the rules a number of months ago,” he told CNN’s Cooper. “You know why they changed the rules? Because they saw how I was doing and they didn’t like it.”
Tonight, CNN will air a Ted Cruz Family town hall at 9 p.m. ET. And on Thursday, the network’s Wolf Blitzer will moderate the latest Democratic presidential primary debate.