Harris wins town hall war among CNN viewers


Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) drew the most viewers among five Democratic presidential candidates featured in town halls Monday night on CNN.

The town hall event featuring Harris and running in the 10 p.m. hour drew 1.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.  

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) drew the second most viewers, with 1.3 million viewers watching him in the 9 p.m. hour on Monday.

{mosads}South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg fared well in the 11 pm hour, drawing 1.2 million viewers. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) town hall at 8 p.m. also drew approximately 1.2 million viewers. 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) at 7 p.m. was last in viewers among the five candidates, attracting 869,000 viewers.  

Overall, Fox News still won the ratings night, with an average of 2.3 million viewers between 7 p.m. and midnight, compared to 1.8 million for MSNBC and 1.2 million for CNN.

Fox News also won among the 25- to 54-year-old demographic targeted by advertisers, winning an average of 380,000 over the five hours.

CNN topped MSNBC in that demographic, with an average of 371,000 viewers to MSNBC’s 285,000.

A town hall with Harris on Jan. 28 is still CNN’s most-watched of the 20 town halls the network has hosted to date, drawing nearly 1.9 million viewers. 

The highest rated town hall overall was seen on Fox News earlier this month and featured Sanders. It attracted nearly 2.6 million viewers. 

Klobuchar and Buttigieg will be featured in Fox News town halls on May 8 and May 19, respectively. 



Tags 2020 campaign Amy Klobuchar Bernie Sanders CNN Elizabeth Warren Fox News MSNBC Pete Buttigieg

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