June 18, 2014 2:27pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Fox News Wins Hillary Clinton Ratings Race Against CNN's Town Hall
The Hillary Clinton promotional tour wages on, and Tuesday saw the former Secretary of State stopping by two cable news networks.
Clinton first appeared in an hour-long "Town Hall" on CNN, before splitting a half-hour interview between adjacent Fox News Channel series Special Report with Bret Baier and On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. Despite the truncated time, it was FNC that delivered the bigger ratings — outperforming CNN with nearly four times the audience.
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For the half-hour, which aired between 6:45 and 7:15 p.m. ET, FNC averaged a 2 million viewers and 313,000 adults 25-54. For its admittedly very early 5 p.m. Town Hall, CNN pulled 521,000 viewers and 115,000 adults 25-54.
A FNC win in the hour is business is usual. And CNN did simulcast its Town Hall globally on CNN international and CNN en Espanol, so its total haul is likely considerably larger than its domestic take.
True to FNC's aggressive coverage of Clinton's role in the U.S. government's handling of the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, much of Clinton's Q&A was spent on the subject. "I know you and your viewers have a lot of questions," she said.
This caps off the heavy portion of Clinton's big book tour for her latest memoir, Hard Choices — and since she has remained mum on her presidential prospects, speculation looms about when she'll make a formal announcement about the 2016 race.