CNN’s heavily publicized town hall with President Biden failed to resonate with viewers, finishing with a smaller audience than regular programming on both Fox News and MSNBC.
CNN’s town hall moderated by Anderson Cooper, which was criticized for being “littered with watered-down softballs” and completely ignoring Afghanistan, averaged only 1.2 million viewers from 8-9:30 p.m. ET. ET.
CNN GIVES BIDEN A PASS TO AFGHANISTAN. COMPLETELY IGNORES TOPIC DURING THE 90-MINUTE TOWN HALL
On the bright side, CNN has failed to crack the one-million viewer plateau on a regular basis lately so Biden’s appearance briefly helped the network pass the barrier.
Things quickly reverted to their old ways and CNN came in last place during primetime at 8-11pm. ET averaged 984,000 viewers, while Fox News had 2.6 million and MSNBC had 1.4 million.
CNN struggled to reach the critical demographic of 25-54 year olds despite Biden’s town hall. CNN averaged only 223,000 viewers for the segment coveted and viewed by advertisers 8-11 pm. ET Thursday, compared with 378,000 Fox News.
CNN SPENT ABOUT 80% OF SEPTBER UNDER 1,000,000 VIEWERS
Fox News drew more viewers than CNN and MSNBC CombinationPrimetime, among the total audience and key demographic.
Many of the viewers who did tune in to CNN’s Biden town hall has problems with it.
“How Anderson Cooper — who has won awards for his reporting from war zones including Afghanistan — felt no need to ask even one question on Afghanistan is telling,” Fox News contributor Joe Concha said. “The White House clearly got what it wanted from CNN, which isn’t remotely a shell of the once-proud news brand it once was.”
NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck also slammed the CNN event for going easy on Biden in a piece headlined, “CNN Treats Biden to Another Clownish Pep Rally Littered With Watered-Down Softballs.”
“Thursday’s 89-minute state-run media operation featured questions that were either sapless, unimaginative, or watered down to ensure they came across as harmless,” Houck wrote.
“Unsurprisingly, CNN and Biden’s handlers made sure Cooper and the audience avoided topics such as Afghanistan, the cover-up by the far-left Loudoun County Public Schools of alleged rapes, critical race theory, the FBI spying on parents who speak at school board meetings, and Hunter Biden’s ongoing art scam,” Houck added. Two of the two neutral questions, which dealt with harsh realities such as inflation and the crisis in the supply chain, were allowed to pass. However, they were rewritten so that Biden is not held responsible.
Twelve of the 12 people who could ask questions were Democrats. Three others were Independents. Two were Republicans.
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CNN organized a town-hall meeting with Biden last year in the final months prior to the 2020 Presidential Election. It featured 16 participants. The total number of participants was 13. Identified Three were Republicans, and three Democrats.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News contributed to this report.
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