President Trump’s town hall on Fox News Thursday evening in Scranton, Pennsylvania was the most-watched in cable news history.
As the Washington Examiner reports, the event moderated by Fox News hosts Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum “garnered 4.2 million viewers and 744,000 in the key 25-54 age demographic.”
According to the report, the president’s appearance also drew 1.5 million more viewers than any of the Democratic primary candidates’ respective town halls across multiple networks.
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“The most-watched town hall for any of the 2020 Democrats also took place on Fox News: The event with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, which took place in April 2019, had nearly 2.6 million viewers,” the report continues.
Fox News reports the president covered a wide array of topics in his remarks, taking questions from the moderators and members of the audience:
Out of the gate, Trump defended his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, saying his decision to limit travel from China had averted a broader domestic crisis.
Trump also wasted little time in criticizing ex-rival Elizabeth Warren’s decision to drop out of the race only after Super Tuesday, saying she may have sabotaged Sen. Bernie Sanders’ struggling presidential bid by siphoning the progressive vote.
FNC’s first town hall of the election cycle with Trump brought in double the audience of the same time slot from the first quarter of 2019. It also attracted another 2 million viewers during the encore presentation of Trump’s town hall at 11 p.m. ET.
The setting was more casual and conversational than Trump’s boisterous rallies, and afforded the commander in chief an opportunity to connect directly with voters on camera. The event was Trump’s first discussion with Baier and Martha MacCallum since interviews in June 2018 and April 2017.
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The Pennsylvania town hall tonight was @realDonaldTrump at his best. Talking to voters directly, answering their concerns, and selling America’s incredible accomplishments the last 3 years. Washington D.C. may fight this president. Main Street connects with him.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) March 6, 2020