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CNN Biden town hall loses out to Fox News, MSNBC in ratings

CNN’s Wednesday night time city corridor with President Joe Biden in Ohio barely made a ripple within the cable information prime-time rankings race, because the community drew simply over half the viewers of Fox Information and completed a hair behind MSNBC.

Deadline, citing Nielsen rankings, reported that CNN pulled in a median of 1.46 million viewers between 8 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., when the president was on stage in Cincinnati. That’s a 58 p.c drop in viewership from the earlier CNN city corridor with Biden this previous February, which drew 3.5 million viewers.

Over the identical 75-minute interval Wednesday, Fox drew a median of two.76 million viewers for “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and the primary a part of “Hannity.” The latter program featured a city corridor with Florida Republicans, together with Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez discussing the continuing pro-freedom protests in Cuba.

President Joe Biden walks on the stage as he attends a town hall-style interview at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2021
CNN pulled in a median of 1.46 million viewers when President Joe Biden was on stage.
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MSNBC edged out CNN for second place among the many large three cable networks, drawing a median of 1.47 million viewers for “All in with Chris Hayes” and the primary portion of “The Rachel Maddow Present.”

CNN did high MSNBC by 100,000 within the coveted 25-54 viewing demographic throughout the city corridor, netting 297,000 of that viewers to 197,000 for MSNBC. Nevertheless, each channels completed nicely behind Fox, which drew 475,000 demographic viewers within the 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. interval.

Total, Fox Information received primetime Wednesday night time with a median of two.36 million viewers in comparison with 1.63 million for MSNBC and and 1.28 million for CNN. Within the 25-54 demographic, Fox averaged 400,000 viewers, whereas CNN drew 279,000 and MSNBC pulled in 209,000.

Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight,"
Over the identical 75-minute interval Wednesday, Fox drew a median of two.76 million viewers.
AP Picture/Richard Drew, File

The city corridor, moderated by CNN anchor Don Lemon, was held in a half-empty auditorium at Mount St. Joseph College. Photos tweeted by members of the touring press corps confirmed greater than a dozen empty rows of seats on the rear of the venue, whereas the viewers was clustered within the first few rows for the good thing about CNN’s cameras.

CNN spokeswoman Lauren Pratapas informed The Put up late Wednesday that the viewers measurement was “typical … for a CNN city corridor.”

Biden made information throughout the occasion by touting the variety of coronavirus vaccinations within the US and declaring “this isn’t a pandemic,” earlier than warning that youngsters below 12 would possible must put on masks at school this fall except they grow to be eligible for a vaccine quickly.

MSNBC anchor Christopher Hayes
MSNBC drew in a median of 1.47 million viewers.
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“My expectation, speaking to the group of scientists — we put collectively over 20 of them — plus others within the discipline,” Biden mentioned, “is that someday perhaps at first of the college 12 months, on the finish of August, starting of September, October, you’ll get a ultimate approval saying the FDA mentioned, ‘No, that is it. It’s good’.”

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