CNN wins high ratings with event on guns

CNN wins high ratings with event on guns
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CNN scored big on the ratings front Wednesday night with its town hall event on gun violence, which delivered nearly three million viewers, making it the most-watched program on cable news, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The two-hour event hosted by "State of the Union" and "The Lead" host Jake Tapper registered 2.9 million viewers, topping Fox News and MSNBC, which captured 2.45 million and 2.3 million viewers, respectively.


In the key 25-54 demographic, CNN also finished first with 1.1 million viewers. Fox News was second with 534,000 viewers in the category, while MSNBC was third with 490,000.

CNN usually finishes third in primetime behind MSNBC and Fox News, but the Wednesday Town Hall nearly tripled its usual overall viewership.

Fox News still won the overall battle for primetime in total viewers with 2.5 million, edging CNN's 2.402 million and MSNBC's 2.24 million. 

The discussion included Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOn The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week Trump declares national emergency at border Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans MORE (R-Fla.), Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William Nelson2020 party politics in Puerto Rico There is no winning without Latinos as part of your coalition Dem 2020 candidates court Puerto Rico as long nomination contest looms MORE (D-Fla.), Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchHouse panel advances bill to expand background checks for gun sales Whitaker takes grilling from House lawmakers Parkland father on Gaetz advocating for border wall in gun violence hearing: 'Pretty offensive' MORE (D-Fla.) and National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch.

A day after the town hall and a White House listening session with survivors of last week's Florida high school shooting, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE signaled support for new gun measures. 

"I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue - I hope!," Trump wrote to his 48.1 million followers on Twitter.


 - This story was updated at 6:40 p.m.