CNN's O'Rourke town hall finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC

CNN's O'Rourke town hall finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC
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CNN’s Iowa town hall with former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates ABC unveils moderators for third Democratic debate MORE (D-Texas) attracted just 714,000 viewers on Tuesday night, according to early Nielsen Media Research. 

The CNN live event with the 2020 presidential hopeful was hosted by chief political correspondent Dana BashDana BashDemocratic contenders unload on news media CNN roasted over debate production, format: 'A disservice to serious people' The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time for 2020 Democrats in Detroit debate MORE from Des Moines. 

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The total viewers tally placed the CNN programming third in the 10 p.m. cable news race behind Fox News, which attracted 2.393 million viewers for "The Ingraham Angle,” and MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'DonnellLawrence Francis O'DonnellThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Federal guidance identifying 'go back to where you came from' as discrimination goes viral after Trump comments The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Democrats' first debate night MORE, which drew in 2.274 million total viewers. 

In the 25-54 demographic that advertisers covet most, Fox also led the way with 378,000 viewers. MSNBC was again second with 328,000 in the category and CNN third with 203,000. 

For context, the O'Rourke event was a decrease of 29 percent in total viewers when compared to CNN’s Tuesday night average in 2019. In the key demographic, the event was down 38 percent.   

CNN has featured many Democratic 2020 presidential candidates in town halls thus far in 2019, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch MORE (D-Minn.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersHickenlooper day-old Senate bid faces pushback from progressives Steyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Andrew Yang: News coverage of Trump a 'microcosm' of issues facing country MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch MORE (D-Mass) twice, and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch MORE (D-N.J.), as well as former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Stocks sink as Trump fights with Fed, China The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democratic field narrows with Inslee exit MORE (D-Md.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Morning Report: How will Trump be received at G-7? MORE (D-Hawaii) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates The Hill's 12:30 Report: Stocks sink as Trump fights with Fed, China Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates MORE. Overall the network has hosted more than 20 town halls this year. 

CNN announced Monday that the network will host four more town halls with 2020 presidential contenders in the coming weeks.

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes The Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries MORE (D-Colo.) will appear on CNN Thursday, May 30, at 10 p.m. The event will also be moderated by Bash. 

Democratic Reps. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonIf the Democratic debates were pro wrestling, de Blasio is comic relief Stocks close with steep losses as Trump, China escalate trade war Trump quips Dow dropped because of Moulton's exit from 2020 race MORE (Mass.), Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Stocks sink as Trump fights with Fed, China The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democratic field narrows with Inslee exit MORE (Ohio) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellInslee seeking third term as governor after ending presidential bid The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Inslee drops out of 2020 presidential race MORE (Calif.) are also slated to appear Sunday, June 2, in back-to-back town halls beginning at 6 p.m. and lasting one hour each. The moderators for those events will be anchors Victor Blackwell, Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, respectively.