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'RourkeDemocrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Campaign dads fit fatherhood between presidential speeches 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 BashCastro to participate in Fox News town hall De Blasio hits Biden on crime bill: 'A huge mistake' GOP senator: Trump needs to be 'very careful' on pardons of soldiers charged with war crimes 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'DonnellCNN's Don Lemon: 'Extremely shortsighted' if NY Times barring reporters from my show New York Times reinforces policy prohibiting reporters from appearing on cable shows like Maddow Harris praises Amash for calling for Trump's impeachment: He has 'put country before party' 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 HarrisBiden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw Julián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' MORE (D-Minn.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersConfused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Biden leads in early voting states, followed by Warren, Sanders: poll MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Trump steadfast in denials as support for impeachment grows MORE (D-Mass) twice, and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerFox News poll shows Trump trailing Biden, Sanders, other Democrats Fox News poll shows Trump trailing Biden, Sanders, other Democrats Poll: Biden leads, Warren surges in South Carolina MORE (D-N.J.), as well as former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyFive takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Five takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement MORE (D-Md.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardOvernight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale Overnight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement MORE (D-Hawaii) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg wouldn't reverse US embassy move to Jerusalem: 'What's done is done' Buttigieg wouldn't reverse US embassy move to Jerusalem: 'What's done is done' Buttigieg: Iran situation 'disturbingly reminiscent' of lead-up to Iraq War 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 BennetDemocratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate 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 MoultonThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg to debate; Warren on separate night MORE (Mass.), Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John Ryan2020 Democrat: Harriet Tubman will be on 'within the first year of my presidency' 2020 Democrat: Harriet Tubman will be on 'within the first year of my presidency' Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement MORE (Ohio) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellCampaign dads fit fatherhood between presidential speeches Dems eye repeal of Justice rule barring presidential indictments Dems eye repeal of Justice rule barring presidential indictments 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.