Fox News runs full-page ad in Washington Post to tout viewership for Sanders town hall

Fox News placed a full-page advertisement in the Thursday edition of Washington Post touting its viewership for a recent town hall event the network hosted with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHickenlooper beats back progressive challenge in Colorado primary Progressive groups urge Biden to tap Warren as running mate Young Turks host says Elizabeth Warren should be Biden's VP pick MORE (I-Vt.) as "America's Most Watched Town Hall." 

The ad comes three days after nearly 2.6 million viewers tuned into Fox News's town hall with Sanders on Monday night, making it the most-watched town hall of this campaign cycle so far, according to Nielsen Media Research. 

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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. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE criticized Fox News following the Sanders event, calling it “weird” to watch the Vermont senator on the network. 

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights Democrats debate Biden effort to expand map against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems, GOP dig in on police reform ahead of House vote MORE, a fellow Democratic presidential candidate, is also in talks to appear in a Fox News town hall event.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats Democrats, voting rights groups pressure Senate to approve mail-in voting resources MORE (D-Minn.) agreed to appear in a Fox News town hall in May, per an announcement by the network on Wednesday. 

The live events come after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) barred Fox News last month from hosting a Democratic presidential primary debate over the network’s reported close ties with the Trump administration.