Sen. Bernie Sanders was a hit on Fox News for his Town Hall.
It seems that everyone got what they wanted. Fox News was able to advertise their Fox Nation advertising commercials and show the Democratic National Committee they would be missing out on huge ratings skipping the network for a 2020 debate while Sanders was able to reach a larger audience and spout his talking points with little to no challenges.
Neilson ratings are in and the Sanders’ Town Hall brought in 2.554 million viewers. An estimated 489,000 were between the age of 25 and 54. It was the most-watched cable news town hall of this election season.
Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum moderated the event, asking him questions but most importantly they gave up too much ground on his talking points. There were times Sanders said “correct me if I am wrong,” and neither moderator did so.
Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) Monday evening Fox News town hall event was the most-watched town hall event of the 2020 campaign thus far, according to early Nielsen data. And at least four other Democratic candidates are open to participating in one of their own.
According to early Nielsen data, more than 2.5 million viewers tuned in to hear Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist,” make his case on Fox News during the 6:30pm hour, prior to primetime. That total viewership bested CNN’s Bernie Sanders town hall event from back in February; and it doubled MSNBC’s during the same time period on Monday evening, and nearly tripled CNN’s.
The prior town hall ratings record for the 2020 cycle was a CNN-hosted event with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), which drew 1.95 million total viewers.
Additionally, per Nielsen, Fox’s Sanders event brought in 489,000 viewers between the ages of 25 and 54—a key demographic for cable-news advertisers—trouncing CNN’s 281,000 tally and MSNBC’s 208,000. [Daily Beast]
Below are the 2019 town hall rankings, per Nielsen.
Fox News started their slide into becoming another mainstream media arm of the Democrats when their moderator Megyn Kelly’s went outside what should have been a neutral stance and become a hostile accuser to Trump during the Republican debate. I was horrified by her behavior.
Then they suspend Justice with Judge Jan (the best show on Fox – Sat nights) over an innocent question about Rep Ilhan Omar. Then they hire Donna Brazile as a Fox contributor (she was fired by CNN for giving Hillary pre-debate questions for gods sake) during the same week as Pirro’s suspension along with hiring Paul Ryan to the mother corporation.
Isn’t it bad enough we already have to deal with liberals on Fox News such as Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace?
I don’t understand why Fox News doesn’t capitalize on their niche audience (those of us who don’t want to hear the same old thing from the Democrat media outlets).
Either way, Sanders should have been challenged, and he was given free rein with little to no fact-checking. Just remember, they can’t get that back, and if they try to be harder on other candidates, Sanders will get away with his slick style.