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Biden town hall draws 3.3 million viewers for CNN

CNN's drive-in town hall for Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE scored about 3.3 million viewers for the network, marking the highest viewership of the dozens of town halls CNN has hosted with presidential hopefuls since early 2019.

The network finished second in the cable news race on Thursday night to Fox News' Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonCan the GOP break its addiction to show biz? Fox's Brit Hume rips 'radioactive' Trump: 'Utter balderdash' was fed 'into the veins of his supporters' Glenn Beck compares tech's ban on Trump to Nazis putting 'Jews behind the wall' MORE, who delivered 4.6 million viewers in the 8 p.m. EDT hour, according to early figures from Nielsen Media Research.

The 3.3 million viewers who tuned in for Biden's town hall near his hometown of Scranton, Pa., far surpassed the previous record of 1.96 million who watched CNN's town hall with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden-Harris team unveils inauguration playlist Trump approval rating relatively unchanged in wake of Capitol rioting: NBC News poll Harris to resign from Senate seat on Monday MORE (D-Calif.) in January 2019.

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In the 25- to 54-year-old demographic sought by advertisers, Fox News averaged 774,000 viewers during the Biden event, which ran from 8-9:15 p.m. EDT. CNN was second in the category with 732,000 viewers, followed by MSNBC, which netted 352,000, according to early Nielsen figures.

Fox's coverage of President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE's campaign rally in Wisconsin was the second most-watched offering of Thursday evening, scoring 4.4 million viewers from 9:15-10:30 p.m.

Biden and Trump are set to square off for the first presidential debate Sept. 29 in Cleveland. "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceArkansas governor: Intelligence on state capitol protests 'not to the level that I'm bringing out the National Guard' Mulvaney: Earlier Trump controversies were 'policy differences' or 'stylistic,' but 'Wednesday was existential' Clyburn: House has responsibility to impeach Trump over Georgia call MORE will serve as moderator.

The first general election debate of the 2016 presidential campaign drew 84 million viewers, making it the highest-rated debate in television history.