Buttigieg’s Fox News Townhall Tops CNN, MSNBC Viewership COMBINED

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(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg dominated ratings during his Fox News town hall on Sunday night, averaging more than 1.1 million viewers and topping MSNBC and CNN’s combined viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

During the town hall event, MSNBC attracted 621,000 viewers and CNN finished last with only 447,000 views, while Fox News drew over 1 million viewers in under an hour, the channel reported.

The large audience wasn’t due to Buttigieg, though.

His town hall with CNN in March delivered only 545,000 total viewers.

And though his second CNN town hall in April attracted 1.2 million viewers, it still finished behind Fox News’ total views that night.

Buttigieg is one of several Democratic candidates who were eager to appear on Fox News after Sen. Bernie Sanders’s, I-Vt., successful townhall in April.

The Democratic National Committee blacklisted Fox from hosting any of its primary debates, but Sanders agreed to appear on the channel anyway, arguing that Fox represented a voter base that deserves to be heard.

“It is important to distinguish Fox News from the many millions of people who watch Fox News,” Sanders said.

An estimated 2.55 million people watched Sanders’s town hall with Fox News, according to Bloomberg.

The townhall aired right before prime time, but still managed to beat Sanders’s previous townhall with CNN by more than 1.5 million viewers.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., also appeared on a Fox townhall earlier this month, and several other candidates, including Reps. Tim Ryan and Eric Swalwell and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., have also contacted the network.

Other candidates, however, like Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., slammed Democrats for appearing on the channel.

“Fox News has invited me to do a townhall, but I’m turning them down,” Warren wrote on Twitter. “Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists — it’s designed to turn us against each other, risking life and death consequences, to provide cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class.”

Regardless, Fox’s townhalls have outdrew similar CNN events by more than double.

Even during primetime shows, CNN averaged only 568,000 viewers during the week of May 6-12, while Fox News attracted 1.4 million during the same time period.