As reported by WashingtonExaminer
2020 presidential long shots Steve Bullock and Bill de Blasio held CNN town halls Sunday night, and the ratings proved underwhelming.
Neither candidate had an audience that eclipsed half-a-million people, according to Nielsen Media Research. Bullock’s audience had 429,000 viewers, while de Blasio’s was even smaller at 376,000 people.
Compared to competing programs, both CNN town halls lagged behind MSNBC and Fox News. Fox News Channel was able to more than double both town hall events for their programming, while MSNBC had audiences between the other networks.
De Blasio’s town hall had the fifth-smallest audience of any town hall during this presidential election cycle. The only presidential candidates whose town halls had fewer viewers than the New York City mayor were Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, self-help author Marianne Williamson, and Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, who has since dropped out of the race.
Of that group, only Yang has qualified for next month’s presidential debates, while the other candidates are not even close to reaching the requirements to make the debate stage.
De Blasio has also appeared on Fox News and Fox Business Network in recent weeks, where 3.3 million people tuned in to watch his interview with Sean Hannity earlier this month.