Biden town hall on CNN finishes third in cable news race

Biden town hall on CNN finishes third in cable news race
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CNN's town hall featuring 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe BidenJoe BidenWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Coronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner MORE delivered 1.15 million viewers on Monday night to finish third in a cable news race against Fox News and MSNBC, according to early ratings from Nielsen Media Research. 

Overall, the 1.15 million total viewers tuning in to see Biden from 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm ET was a 13 percent drop when compared to the last town hall featuring the former vice president on Oct. 10 on the same network, which registered 1.34 million viewers. 

Fox News' "Hannity" at 9:00 p.m. and "The Ingraham Angle" at 10:00 p.m. took in an average of 2.9 million total viewers during that the time Biden event aired from Iowa. 

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MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes" and "The Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowMaddow hits Trump's 'happy talk' on virus: 'I would stop putting those briefings on live TV' New York City reports 923 coronavirus cases, 10 deaths Biden faces tricky test in unifying party MORE Show" finished second with 2.69 million viewers. 

In the 25-54 demographic that advertisers covet most, the order of finish was the same, with Hannity and Ingraham registering 434,000 viewers in the category, followed by Hayes and Maddow 428,000 and the Biden town hall with 296,000. 

The town halls come ahead of the next Democratic debate on Nov. 20 co-hosted by MSNBC and the Washington Post from Atlanta, GA.  


In Iowa, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' MORE surged to the top of Monmouth University's latest poll released Tuesday, capturing 22 percent support. Biden is second with 19 percent, followed by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-Mass) at 18 percent and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on MORE (I-Vt.) with 13 percent. 

Buttigieg polled only at 8 percent in the same poll in August. 

The first-in-the-nation caucuses will take place on Feb. 3, 2020.