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 SandersOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Manchin fires warning shot on plan to expand Medicare Democrats steamroll toward showdown on House floor 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. 

ADVERTISEMENT

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 TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe 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 ButtigiegDOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership MORE, a fellow Democratic presidential candidate, is also in talks to appear in a Fox News town hall event.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Officials want action on cyberattacks Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook This week: Democrats face mounting headaches 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.