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Buttigieg Fox News town hall attracts 1.1 million viewers

Buttigieg Fox News town hall attracts 1.1 million viewers

Fox News's town hall with Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly MORE was watched by 1.1 million total viewers on Sunday night, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The event, co-moderated by "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBiden adviser: 'He does not have any concern' about Trump lawsuits Public health expert: Americans no longer acting 'with common purpose' on pandemic Anti-Defamation League criticizes White House appointee 'who has consorted with racists' MORE, also delivered 172,000 viewers in the key 25- to 54-year-old demographic that advertisers covet most.

The audience in total viewers was a 22 percent increase when compared with the 2019 average of regular programming in the 7 p.m. time slot in which the Buttigieg town hall aired.

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The numbers of total viewers and younger demographic categories placed Fox News at the top of the cable news ratings race during the hour the event aired from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

MSNBC was second during the same hour with 621,000 total viewers, while CNN was third in the cable news race with 447,000. CNN did beat MSNBC in the key demographic, however, 96,000 to 77,000.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., has risen in recent polls, though he is still well behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE, the current front-runner in the race for the Democratic nomination.

The 37-year-old is the third Democratic presidential candidate to appear on Fox News in a town hall format.

Last month, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care Biden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members MORE (I-Vt.) was featured in a live event from Bethlehem, Pa., that drew nearly 2.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched town hall of the year. Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Minn.) appeared at a network town hall earlier this month, attracting 1.6 million viewers.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' MORE (D-N.Y.) will appear in a Fox News town hall on June 2.

The events come after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced in March the party is barring Fox News from hosting Democratic presidential primary debates over the network’s reported close ties with the Trump administration.

DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE said in April that the party is not reconsidering its decision.