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Biden on CNN Gets Smaller Audience Than Normal Night at Fox News

President Joe Biden at a CNN Town Hall in Cincinnati, on July 21.
President Joe Biden at a CNN Town Hall in Cincinnati, on July 21.Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

CNN struggled to attract an audience for its exclusive town-hall event with President Joe Biden on Wednesday night, with the event trailing Fox News’ regular programming in ratings.

The cable news network averaged fewer than 1.5 million viewers from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern, with 306,000 in the 25-54 demographic most sought by advertisers. That compared with 2.7 million for Fox News, with 464,000 in the key demographic, according to Nielsen data shared by the network.