Over 2.55 million viewers tuned in to Fox News Channel’s town hall with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders town hall audience cheers after Fox News host asks if they’d support ‘Medicare for All’ Sanders defends against criticism over income, taxes Sanders on whether he’s too old to be president: ‘Follow me around the campaign trail’ MORE (I-Vt.) Monday night, making it the most-watched town hall of this campaign cycle so far, according to Nielsen Media Research.
The live event, co-moderated by “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier and “The Story” anchor Martha MacCallum, also delivered 489,000 viewers in the key 25-54 age demographic coveted by advertisers.
Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist, provided Fox News with a considerable ratings bump compared to the same day last year. The network saw an increase of 24 percent in total viewers and 40 percent in the 25-54 demographic.
Sanders appeared in a town hall on CNN Feb. 26, delivering 1.4 million total viewers and 551,000 viewers in the 25-54 demographic for the network.
As the town hall aired Monday evening, MSNBC averaged 1.41 million total viewers. CNN came in third among the cable networks with 913,000 total viewers during the 6:30-7:30 pm time slot.
President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Dem hits back at Trump for giving ‘firefighting advice’ to Paris: ‘Do your own damn job’ French officials reject Trump suggestion to use ‘flying water tankers’ on Notre Dame fire Overnight Energy: Interior watchdog opens investigation into new secretary | Warren unveils 2020 plan to stop drilling on public lands | Justices reject case challenging state nuclear subsidies | Court orders EPA to re-evaluate Obama pollution rule MORE criticized Fox News following the Sanders event, calling it “weird” to watch the Vermont senator on the network.
The Hill reported Tuesday that fellow Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegMaddow and Buttigieg discuss their coming out stories Buttigieg says he hopes he and his husband have children Sanders on whether he’s too old to be president: ‘Follow me around the campaign trail’ MORE is also in talks to appear in a Fox News town hall event.
A Buttigieg campaign spokesperson told The Hill that “reaching out to the Fox audience is something we intend to do.”
The live events come after the Democratic National Committee barred Fox News from hosting a Democratic presidential primary debate over the network’s reported close ties with the Trump administration. DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s ‘wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE said Monday that the party is not reconsidering its decision.