No One Cares About CNN Democrat Townhalls; Lowest Ratings EVER
As if we didn’t already know, absolutely no one cares very much about any of the Democrats running for president in the upcoming election.
Tuesday, CNN hosted a grouping of townhall programs in which some of the Democratic candidates get their own time to answer questions. The ratings for the townhalls were pitiful.
According to The Daily Caller,
From April 8-12, the network only averaged an audience of 690,000 people and 180,000 in the key 25-54 age demographic. Their coverage last week included three presidential town halls with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.
Gillibrand’s town hall only had 507,000 viewers, compared to Inslee’s 549,000 and Castro’s 654,000.
Comparatively, last week, MSNBC’s prime time lineup averaged 1,600,000 viewers with 249,000 in the key demo. Fox News managed to beat CNN and MSNBC combined, with a total viewership of 2,438,000 and 394,000 in the age range.
Here are a few problems with the whole townhall business on CNN.
First, it’s too early for anyone to care about what they all have to say, and a supporting reason for this is made in my next point.
There are far too many candidates running.
Everyday Americans do not want to start digging into 20 Democratic candidates to find out where they stand on the issues because nearly all of them are going to be gone within the next 6-8 months or so.
Bob Mann, a professor at LSU’s Manship School of Journalism feels the same way as I do. “Still, it’s very early,” Mr. Mann said. “What I think may be most important is the fact that most Democratic primary voters understand that only the voters/caucus-goers in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada will have much say in the eventual nominee. Two-thirds or more of the current candidates will have dropped out by the time the Nevada caucuses roll around.”
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