CNN Wins Prime Time; Donald Trump Town Hall on MSNBC Comes in 3rd

By Chris Ariens 

MSNBC’s Town Hall with Donald Trump, which went up against CNN’s Town Hall with three other GOP candidates, as well as FNC’s O’Reilly Factor (with Eric Bolling filling in) finished in third place last night in both total viewers and the demo. Fox News, as it always does, lead the way in viewers at 8 p.m., but was down from its usual 3+ million viewer total. CNN was far out front in A25-54 demo viewers for the hour:

  • 8 p.m. ET | Total Viewers / A25-54 Demo
    Fox News – 2,321,253 / 373,447
    CNN – 2,057,066 / 628,686
    MSNBC – 1,431,943 / 340,982

Anderson Cooper moderated a 3-hour Town Hall with presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson, and Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Over on MSNBC Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski moderated a one-hour Town Hall with the GOP front-runner Trump. CNN airs another 3-hour GOP Town Hall tonight.

CNN won the night overall:

  • 8 p.m.-11 p.m. ET | Total Viewers / A25-54 Demo
    CNN – 2,307,000 / 758,000
    Fox News – 2,116,000 / 393,000
    MSNBC – 1,227,000 / 281,000