CNN’s Iowa town hall with former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke prepping run for governor in Texas: report Support for Abbott plunging in Texas: poll Texas Democrat to filibuster GOP elections bill 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 BashManchin suggests pausing talks on .5 trillion package until 2022: report House is no easy road for Biden, Democrats on .5T package Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Manchin: key energy provision of spending package 'makes no sense' MORE from Des Moines.
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 O'DonnellPorter on melee at town hall: 'Hard to feel safe' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my paygrade' On The Money: Inflation jumps at fastest pace since 2008 | Biden 'encouraged' on bipartisan infrastructure deal 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 HarrisRepublicans caught in California's recall trap Harris facilitates coin toss at Howard University football game Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharKlobuchar: 'It is evil to make it deliberately hard for people to vote' Democrats push to shield election workers from violent threats Harris, CBC put weight behind activist-led National Black Voter Day MORE (D-Minn.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersManchin suggests pausing talks on .5 trillion package until 2022: report Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Sanders calls deadly Afghan drone strike 'unacceptable' MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Trojan Horse of protectionism Federal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants MORE (D-Mass) twice, and Cory BookerCory BookerDOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries Fighting poverty, the Biden way Top Senate Democrats urge Biden to take immediate action on home confinement program MORE (D-N.J.), as well as former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyDirect air capture is a crucial bipartisan climate policy Lobbying world Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Rodney Davis MORE (D-Md.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardProgressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal Hillicon Valley: US has made progress on cyber but more needed, report says | Democrat urges changes for 'problematic' crypto language in infrastructure bill | Facebook may be forced to unwind Giphy acquisition YouTube rival Rumble strikes deals with Tulsi Gabbard, Glenn Greenwald MORE (D-Hawaii) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOn 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 LGBT film festival to premiere documentary about Pete Buttigieg 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 BennetBuild Back Better Act must include funding to restore forests, make communities resilient and create jobs Interior reverses Trump, moves BLM headquarters back to DC Conservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan 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 MoultonHow lawmakers aided the Afghan evacuation GOP lawmaker says he did not threaten US Embassy staff in Tajikistan House panel approves B boost for defense budget MORE (Mass.), Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanHawley endorses Vance in Ohio Senate race Congress should know what federal agencies are wasting Trump administration trade rep endorses JD Vance in Ohio Senate race MORE (Ohio) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails How lawmakers aided the Afghan evacuation 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.