CNN's town hall featuring 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse passes 8B defense policy bill House approves bill to ease passage of debt limit hike Senate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale 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.
MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes" and "The Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowPaul, Cruz fire back after Fauci says criticism of him is 'dangerous' An unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Biden's safe-space CNN town hall attracts small audience, as poll numbers plummet 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 ButtigiegBiden's proposals spark phase 2 of supply chain crisis Biden returns restores tradition, returning to Kennedy Center Honors The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown 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 — Presented by Connected Commerce Council — Incident reporting language left out of package Exporting gas means higher monthly energy bills for American families Senators turn up the heat on Amazon, data brokers during hearing MORE (D-Mass) at 18 percent and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Overnight Defense & National Security — Lawmakers clinch deal on defense bill White House 'strongly opposes' Senate resolution to stop Saudi arms sale 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.