The Fox News Bernie Sanders Town Hall Is Most-Watched of the Year to-Date

By Christine Zosche 

Fox News’ town hall with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (6:30–7:30 p.m. Monday) marked the most-watched town hall of the Democratic primary season, according to early Nielsen data. (TVNewser)

Sanders clocked nearly 2.6 million viewers from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday; that includes 489,000 in the 25-54 news demographic. Sanders logged the highest-rated weekday delivery of the year in the news demo, and the second highest weekday delivery in total viewers among cable news networks. (Deadline)

CNN’s competing numbers for that hour were 913,000 and 281,000 in the demo, while MSNBC recorded 1,441,000 and just over 200,000 in the 25-54 range. (Mediaite)

The prior town-hall ratings record for the 2020 cycle was a CNN-hosted event with Sen. Kamala Harris, which drew 1.95 million total viewers. Now, other Democratic candidates are open to participating in Fox News town halls of their own. (Daily Beast)

According to sources, candidates interested in similar events on Fox News include South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rep. Eric Swalwell and Rep. Tim Ryan. (HuffPost)

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