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 SandersSanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Krystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum 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 TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul Buttigieg2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats 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.