CNN has been holding town hall events for all of the Democrats running for president in 2020. This week, it was Kirsten Gillibrand’s turn but hardly anyone watched.
Kirsten Gillibrand’s CNN Town Hall Pulls in Rock Bottom Ratings
CNN has hosted a series of 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates for town halls. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Sen. Kamala Harris, New Jersey Senator Corey Booker, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar have all participated.
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was up to bat Wednesday night, but her appearance wasn’t met with encouraging ratings. Regardless of what you make of Gillibrand’s polling, few viewers tuned in to watch her talk about the issues.
Gillibrand’s town hall bagged a paltry 491,000 in total viewers and 115,000 in the advertiser coveted A25-54 demographic.
For some context: in the first quarter of 2019, CNN’s 10 p.m. host Don Lemon doubled those numbers: on average, he bagged 1.16 million total viewers and 361,000 in the demo.
Gillibrand’s town hall was also the lowest rated show on cable Tuesday night at 10 p.m. While less than half a million people watched Gillibrand, a whopping 2.5 million tuned in to watch Fox News host Laura Ingraham, while over on MSNBC Lawrence O’Donnell drew 1.9 million viewers.
Gillibrand was grilled for her many flip flops on issues like immigration.
The NTK Network reports:
Gillibrand Endures Hour-Long Town Hall Dredging Up Her Flip-Flops & Hypocrisies
CNN hosted an hour-long town hall Tuesday night featuring 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Though there is still plenty of time until primary voters hit the polls, the New York senator is in desperate need of a campaign turnaround. Frequently appearing in the zero- to one-percent range in polls, Gillibrand is trying to find her lane in an increasingly crowded primary field…
On immigration, the New York Democrat claimed she was always in support of comprehensive immigration reform, but admitted to feeling “ashamed” that she didn’t speak up about it when she was a congresswoman. While Gillibrand’s attempt at contrition may have won over some voters, her explanation does not jibe with her record.
But at another point, Gillibrand offered what is a much more likely explanation for her sudden transformation on these issues: “When I was a member of Congress from upstate New York, I was really focused on the priorities of my district,” she said. “When I became senator of the entire state, I recognized that some of my views really did need to change.”
Watch her squirm on this issue:
Is it any wonder why people didn’t tune in?