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Bernie Sanders Fox News town hall draws more than 2.55 million

Bernie Sanders Fox News town hall draws more than 2.55 million

More than 2.55 million viewers tuned in to Fox News Channel's town hall with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Sanders press secretary: 'Principal concern' of Biden appointments should be policy DeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump MORE (I-Vt.) on Monday night, making it the most-watched town hall of this campaign cycle so far, according to Nielsen Media Research. 

The live event, co-moderated by "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier and "The Story" anchor Martha MacCallum, also delivered 489,000 viewers in the 25- to 54-year-old age bracket that many advertisers cater to.

Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, provided Fox News with a considerable ratings bump compared to the same day last year. The network saw an increase of 24 percent in total viewers and 40 percent in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic. 

Sanders appeared in a town hall on CNN on Feb. 26, delivering 1.4 million total viewers and 551,000 viewers in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic for the network.

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As the town hall aired Monday evening, MSNBC averaged 1.41 million total viewers. CNN came in third among the cable networks with 913,000 total viewers during the time slot of 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE criticized Fox News following the Sanders event, calling it “weird” to watch the Vermont senator on the network. 

The Hill reported Tuesday that fellow Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJuan Williams: Clyburn is my choice as politician of the year 'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' MORE is also in talks to appear in a Fox News town hall event.

A Buttigieg campaign spokesperson told The Hill that “reaching out to the Fox audience is something we intend to do.”

The live events come after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) barred Fox News from hosting a Democratic presidential primary debate over the network’s reported close ties with the Trump administration. DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE said Monday that the party is not reconsidering its decision.