No one cares enough about any of the Democrats running for president to spend time watching their CNN townhall programs, at last that is what the dismal ratings show.
There are now 19 Democrats running for president (20 once Biden jumps in) and CNN seems destined to hold a townhall with each and every one of them. But no one cares. The ratings have been the lowest of the low.
CNN’s ratings overall have been garbage, but those ratings take an even worse nosedive when they hold these Democrat candidate townhalls.
According to Daily Caller, CNN had its lowest primetime weekly ratings:
From April 8-12, the network only averaged an audience of 690,000 people and 180,000 in the key 25-54 age demographic. Their coverage last week included three presidential town halls with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.
Gillibrand’s town hall only had 507,000 viewers, compared to Inslee’s 549,000 and Castro’s 654,000.
Comparatively, last week, MSNBC’s prime time lineup averaged 1,600,000 viewers with 249,000 in the key demo. Fox News managed to beat CNN and MSNBC combined, with a total viewership of 2,438,000 and 394,000 in the age range.
You may recall that socialist Senator Bernie Sanders appeared on Fox News for a townhall of his own. Ratings there are instructive because the ratings went through the roof when Bernie came to Fox.
According to the Nielsen rating service, 2.5 million viewers tuned in to see Sanders confront the conservative hosts. Compare that with the dismal numbers above that CNN had.
Indeed, the ratings for Bernie were so high, a few other Democrats have begun to negotiate with Fox to appear there.
So, we have two things going on, here. Firstly Fox has many hundreds of thousands more viewers than CNN. Second, Sanders is by far the most popular Democrat in the race (he continues to top the field in polling among Democrats), third many conservatives watched to see how Bernie would do, and fourth, literally no one cares about the other 18 Democrat candidates.
All of this is bad news for the Democrat Party.
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