CNN Presidential Town Hall Bombs In TV Ratings


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CNN’s Sunday night town hall with two long-shot Democratic presidential candidates turned into a drag on the network’s television ratings.

The network’s town halls with Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio drew a paltry 402,000 in total viewers and just 82,000 in the crucial 25-54 age demographics, according to Nielsen Media Research. (RELATED: Fox News Prime Time Ratings Beat MSNBC And CNN Combined)

The ratings were down significantly from what CNN normally pulls in the 6-8 P.M. E.T. time slot, down 25%, and 38%, respectively, in the 25-54 demographic.

Meanwhile, the Fox News Channel averaged 873,000 total viewers and 121,000 in the 25-54 demographic, topping all of cable in the Sunday night top slot. MSNBC came in second averaging 664,000 total viewers, and 84,000 in the 25-54 demographic. (RELATED: Rachel Maddow Falls To Fifth In July Ratings As Hannity, Carlson Dominate Cable News) 

Bullock and de Blasio are both polling at around zero or 1% in most polls, and are unlikely to qualify for the next Democratic presidential debate in September. Still, de Blasio’s appearance on CNN fell way short of the ratings amassed in his interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity earlier this month.

That interview drew 3.3 million total viewers, including 546,000 in the 25-54 demographic.