CNN's Comey town hall comes in third in cable news race

CNN's Comey town hall comes in third in cable news race
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CNN's town hall featuring former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien Comey3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Barr predicts progressive prosecutors will lead to 'more crime, more victims' James Comey shows our criminal justice system works as intended MORE struggled from a ratings perspective on Thursday night, finishing third among the cable news networks, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The Comey town hall, which ran from 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., won 1.57 million viewers, compared with 2.88 million for Fox News and 1.8 million for MSNBC.

In the key 25- to 54-year-old demographic, CNN's Comey town hall won 326,000 viewers, compared with 464,000 for Fox and 301,000 for MSNBC.

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The Comey numbers were also down from CNN's first town hall with the Trump critic in April 2018.

That broadcast won 1.68 million viewers and 565,000 in the key demographic. 

Comey blasted President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE repeatedly throughout the live event that aired from Washington, D.C., and was hosted by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

"The president is not above the law, and I don't accept the notion that because the president is the head of the executive branch he can't ever obstruct justice in connection with executive branch activities," Comey said. "That's just crazy and a recipe for lawlessness."

Trump hit back at Comey on Twitter shortly after the event in a tweet to his 60 million followers.

"James Comey is a disgrace to the FBI & will go down as the worst Director in its long and once proud history," Trump wrote. "He brought the FBI down, almost all Republicans & Democrats thought he should be FIRED, but the FBI will regain greatness because of the great men & women who work there!"