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

CNN's Town Hall featuring Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive things to watch in Tuesday's primaries Nina Turner responds to Cornel West's remarks about George Floyd COVID-19 pandemic will shrink economy by trillion in next decade: CBO 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.

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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 Devi HarrisHarris: Trump 'just tear-gassed peaceful protesters for a photo op' Harris, Jeffries question why Manafort, Cohen released while others remain in prison George Floyd's death ramps up the pressure on Biden for a black VP MORE (D-Calif.) who drew nearly two million viewers.

Last week, a CNN Town Hall with Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBottom line Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP 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.