CNN’s Democratic Town Hall first in the demo

CNN was #1 in cable news during the network’s Democratic Town Hall in Columbia, South Carolina (8-10pm) last night among adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Fast National data. Moderated by Chris Cuomo, the live Town Hall with presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton averaged 653k among 25-54, Fox News followed with 648k and MSNBC lagged far behind with 243k. In total viewers, CNN had a +129% advantage over MSNBC (2.161m vs. MSNBC’s 944k); while Fox News averaged 3.262 million.

CNN also topped MSNBC during its live full coverage block (10:00pm-2:30am) of the Nevada GOP Caucuses. Led by Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper and Dana Bash and along with John King on the Magic Wall, CNN averaged 1.161 million total viewers, +43% more than MSNBC’s 812k, and among 25-54, CNN posted 395k to MSNBC’s 216k. Fox News had 1.758m/433k respectively.

The Democrats will meet again on CNN, this time in a debate format, on March 6 in Flint, Michigan. Anchor Anderson Cooper will moderate.

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