Maybe the DNC should reconsider its position to not have Fox News hold a primary debate.

Candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) had a town hall on Fox on Wednesday, which won the ratings with 1.6 million viewers from 6:30PM to 7:30PM.

The town hall with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in April had the highest ratings of any town hall with 2.5 million viewers.

From Mediaite:

Presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) helped Fox News to a ratings win with a town hall event that led the night with 1.6 million total viewers.

Klobuchar appeared at an hour-long forum hosted by Fox News anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum Wednesday night from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, and according to Nielsen ratings figures, won the cable news timeslot race in both total viewers and the advertiser-coverted adults 25-54 age group, with 235,000 viewers in the key demo. The forum was also tops in overall viewers for all of cable television.

The performance of the event tracks with a previous Fox News town hall for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), which posted 2,554,000 viewers total and 489,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demographic. The Sanders forum was also moderated by Baier and MacCallum.

Here’s the thing. The latest Monmouth Poll has Klobuchar at 2%. She has never had the numbers like Sanders or former Vice President Joe Biden.

So despite the low interest in Klobuchar, the town hall still brought in the viewers. I cannot wait to see if it affects her polling numbers.

Another reason for the DNC to accept Fox News? Klobuchar’s town halls on other channels bombed. She held one on CNN in February, which came in third place. From Deadline:

CNN’s Don Lemon-hosted town hall with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar came in third on Presidents Day to MSNBC and Fox News Channel, both in total viewers and in the news demo.

CNN’s 10-11:15 PM sit-down with the Dem presidential candidate clocked 1.139M viewers. Only 294K of them fell into the 25-54 demo that is the currency of news programming.

Running more than a million viewers ahead of Klobuchar: MSNBC with 2.391M viewers, ahead of FNC (2.390M).

Then in April, CNN had town halls with five Democrat presidential candidates. Klobuchar’s town hall came in dead last with only 869,000 viewers.

Hate Fox News all you want, but you cannot deny the station’s popularity.


I watched it live. Klobuchar did well. She describes herself as progressive, but doesn’t come across as angry and vindictive (Warren), a wacko (Bernie, Spartacus), or bewildered (the rest of the Dem field). I could see her being a Biden VP pick, or even a surprise “moderate” contender if Biden falters.


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