Nikki Haley’s CNN town hall drew 80% less viewers than Donald Trump’s broadcast

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CNN’s primetime town hall with Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley drew a fraction of audience compared to its fiery sitdown with former President Donald Trump.

Haley, the former South Carolina governor and US ambassador to the UN, attracted 562,000 viewers for Sunday’s event moderated by CNN anchor Jake Tapper, according to Mediaite.

Trump’s May 10 town hall event scored the Chris Licht-run network 3.3 million viewers — 80% more than his rival for the Republican nomination.

Haley drew just 136,000 in the highly-coveted 25-54 age demographic, compared with Trump’s 781,000, Mediate reported.

Haley’s town hall was beaten in the 8 p.m. slot by the Fox News program hosted by Mark Levin, who pulled in 1.2 million viewers, according to Mediaite’s figures.

Haley’s TV audience was more on par with CNN’s recent bout of disastrous ratings, which averaged less than 500,000 during prime time in May.

The so-called Trump bump CNN experienced during its town hall event with the GOP candidate came to a crashing halt just 48 hours after the former President’s highly-controversial appearance.

During his 70-minute on the network, Trump recounted his actions during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, continued to insist the 2020 election was rigged and called moderator Kaitlan Collins “nasty.”... (Read more)