Bernie Sanders Town Hall finishes third in cable news race, draws 1.4 million viewers

CNN's Town Hall featuring Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan To break the corporate tax logjam, tax overinflated CEO pay MORE (I-Vermont) delivered 1.4 million total viewers for the network, finishing third in its 8:00 p.m. timeslot behind Fox News and MSNBC Monday night, according to Nielsen Media Research.

In total viewers, Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight" delivered 2.964 million viewers at 8:00 p.m. ET to finish first in the timeslot, followed by "All In With Chris Hayes" with 1.784 million.

In the 25-54 demographic that advertisers covet most, Fox's Carlson registered 561,000 viewers, followed by CNN's Town Hall with 511,000 and MSNBC's Hayes with 326,000.


The Sanders event fared better from a ratings perspective than previous Town Halls the network has offered up in primetime in recent weeks, but was well behind a January event featuring Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law MORE (D-Calif.) who drew nearly two million viewers.

Last week, a CNN Town Hall with Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden signals tough stance on tech with antitrust picks Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Competition laws could be a death knell for startup mergers and acquisitions MORE drew 1.17 million viewers compared to 2.56 million for "The Ingraham Angle" with Laura Ingraham and 2.46 million for "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" at 10:00 p.m. ET. That Town Hall was moderated by "CNN Tonight" anchor Don Lemon.

On Feb. 13, a Howard Schultz town hall moderated by "Situation Room" anchor Wolf Blitzer fared noticeably worse in delivering just 1.04 million viewers in finishing third behind Ingraham and O'Donnell at 10:00 p.m.