TV Ratings: GOP Town Hall Gives CNN a Tuesday Win

Donald Trump Anderson Cooper CNN Town Hall - Getty - H 2016
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Donald Trump Anderson Cooper CNN Town Hall - Getty - H 2016

The cable news net wins primetime with three hours of Republican candidate Q&A.

CNN wrapped its strong first quarter on strong note. The Tuesday night Town Hall, which featured interviews with Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, topped cable news ratings for the night.

Between 8 and 11 p.m., CNN averaged 3.263 million viewers and 1.06 million adults 25-54. That easily put it at No. 1 by both measures, and more than doubled the closest demo competition from Fox News Channel — where typical primetime winner Bill O'Reilly was off for the night.

With the GOP debates now over, interest in the town hall was clearly boosted. It marked the most-watched of the current cycle. The fact that Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was issued a notice to appear and a court date over an assault charge earlier in the day probably didn't hurt.

Though FNC came out on top for the first three months of the election year, CNN's ratings climbed the most from 2015 between January and March. The network grew 143 percent in primetime among adults 25-54 compared to the same period last year.