Cruz-Sanders debate tops cable news ratings in younger demographic

Cruz-Sanders debate tops cable news ratings in younger demographic
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A CNN town hall debate between Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Connecticut in final presidential primary of year Vermont Rep. Peter Welch easily wins primary Three pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris MORE (I-Vt.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzRussian news agency pushed video of Portland protestors burning a Bible: report After trillions in tax cuts for the rich, Republicans refuse to help struggling Americans Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump MORE (R-Texas) provided a ratings win for the network in a key demographic Tuesday night, according to Nielsen data.

"Sanders vs. Cruz: The Future of ObamaCare" gave CNN its first weekday prime-time victory of the year in the 25-54 demographic advertisers most covet, registering 932,000 viewers to Fox News's 720,000. The special ran from 9 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.

Fox still had the most total viewers at that time, with 3.391 million to CNN's 2.464 million. MSNBC finished third, with 1.945 million total viewers.


The event from Washington, D.C., was moderated by Jake Tapper and Dana Bash and was CNN’s fourth town hall this year. Others have featured solo appearances by House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump slams 'rogue' Sasse after criticism of executive actions Wary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker Budowsky: Why I back Kennedy, praise Markey MORE (R-Wis.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sanders.  

A similar town-hall event hosted by former Obama administration official and CNN contributor Van Jones featuring HBO’s "Real Time" host Bill Maher will air live from Los Angeles on Thursday night.

CNN’s 2017 town halls have rated higher than the usual programming offered in prime time, but the Sanders-Cruz showdown was the first to top Fox in the key demographic.

Sanders and Cruz, who ran in the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential primaries, respectively, debated the future of the Affordable Care Act as Republicans in Congress craft a plan to repeal and replace former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaKamala Harris makes history — as a Westerner Poll: 15 percent of Democratic voters want to eliminate the filibuster Donald Trump has done more for African Americans than we think MORE's signature healthcare law.