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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 BidenMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' 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 CarlsonTrump when asked if he'd be kinder in his second term: 'Yes, I think so' Greenwald slams Schiff over Biden emails on Fox The Memo: Trump searches for path to comeback 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 HarrisThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage Obama says he voted by mail: 'It's not as tough as a lot of folks think' Clean energy opportunities in a time of crisis 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 John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' 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) WallaceFive takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Chris Wallace says he was 'jealous' of moderator watching final debate between Trump and Biden Shift in tone dominates at final Trump-Biden clash 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.