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 RubioRubio unloads on Turkish chef for 'feasting' Venezuela's Maduro: 'I got pissed' For Poland, a time for justice Judiciary Democrat calls for additional witnesses to testify on Kavanaugh MORE (R-Fla.), Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — The Hill interviews President Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report — Kavanaugh controversy consumes Washington | Kavanaugh slated to testify Monday | Allegations shake up midterms Florida governor booed out of restaurant over red tide algae issues MORE (D-Fla.), Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchHouse panels set up to probe indicted GOP Reps. Collins, Hunter Ivanka Trump on mass shooting: 'Our hearts are with Jacksonville' Top Ethics Dem calls for Nielsen to resign 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 TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency 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.