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 SandersFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally 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. 

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 TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE criticized Fox News following the Sanders event, calling it “weird” to watch the Vermont senator on the network. 

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Biden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate MORE, a fellow Democratic presidential candidate, is also in talks to appear in a Fox News town hall event.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDemocrats detail new strategy to pressure McConnell on election security bills Democrats detail new strategy to pressure McConnell on election security bills Biden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate 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.