President Donald Trump just made history with his first town hall event of the 2020 election season.
The Washington Examiner reports that President Trump’s recent Fox News town hall “was the most-watched town hall in cable news history.”
Fox News announced the event in late February. “We are pleased to host incumbent President Donald Trump for his first town hall of the 2020 election cycle,” read a statement by Fox News Media president and executive editor Jay Wallace. “As Americans continue deliberating their choice for president, FOX News Channel is proud to provide a platform for candidates across the political spectrum to inform the public on their stances.”
Moderated by Special Report host Bret Baier and The Story‘s Martha MacCallum, the event finally took place on Thursday night and was a rousing success by the numbers.
According to data from Nielsen Media Research, 4.2 million viewers tuned in to watch the town hall that took place in Scranton, Pennsylvania — which just so happens to be rival candidate Joe Biden’s hometown. Of these 4.2 million, 744,000 belonged to the 24-54 age group, which is always considered to be an important demographic.
President Trump’s town hall numbers completely blew away the competition, by about 1.5 million.
The Democratic candidate with the biggest draw so far has been Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). His Fox News town hall, which took place in April of 2019, attracted 2.6 million viewers, which is not bad but a long way off from Trump’s.
But, other than Sanders, no other candidate even comes close to Trump’s viewership.
Fox in first
Similarly, no other cable news network comes close to getting the views that Fox does for its town halls. “FNC also topped MSNBC and CNN during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m. ET on Thursday, averaging 3.9 million viewers,” the network reported. “MSNBC averaged 2.4 million viewers over that same time period while CNN managed only 1.5 million.”
This highlights the fact that Fox continues to dominate the cable news ratings. It, perhaps, also demonstrates that Americans are fed up with the obviously biased mainstream media networks.
Fox hopes to continue its town hall success with its upcoming town hall for Sanders. It will be the eleventh town hall that Fox has held, which includes one for President Trump and ten for the Democratic candidates who are looking to challenge him this November.
Watch Part 1 of President Trump’s town hall here: