Fox News town hall with Trump draws 4.2 million viewers
Fox News’s town hall with President Trump delivered 4.2 million viewers, making it the most-watched town hall of the 2020 campaign cycle, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research.
MSNBC was second in total viewers during the time slot with 1.44 million total viewers, followed by CNN’s 1.03 million.
The Trump event moderated by “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier and “The Story” anchor Martha MacCallum from Scranton, Pa., also delivered 744,000 viewers in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic sought by advertisers, topping rivals CNN and MSNBC combined, which registered 251,000 and 239,000 viewers in the category, respectively.
The event with Trump surpassed the previous high for a town hall this cycle, when 2.6 million viewers tuned in to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in April 2019.
The ratings are still well below Democratic presidential debates: Nearly 20 million viewers tuned in to the debate in Las Vegas, just days before the Nevada caucuses.
At his town hall, Trump made headlines after being asked by MacCallum about the national debt, which has continued to rise during his term.
“Oh, we’ll be cutting,” the president quickly replied. “We’re also going to have growth like you’ve never seen before.”
“I will protect your Social Security and Medicare, just as I have for the past 3 years. Sleepy Joe Biden will destroy both in very short order, and he won’t even know he’s doing it!,” he tweeted.
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