Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Mike Pence Gets Dismal CNN Town Hall Ratings, Follows Same for Nikki Haley, Shows Why Network Fired Its Chief for Tone Deafness


Mike Pence was not a draw for CNN.

His Town Hall with Dana Bash on Wednesday night pulled just 632,000 viewers. That’s little more than CNN gets at that hour anyway.

Pence’s Bash-ing comes on the heels of last Sunday’s outing with Nikki Haley, which had 562,000 eyes.

Neither of these failed attempts to re-create the Trump Town Hall with 3 million viewers worked. Why? Trump is a circus act, a carnival barker, a real time train wreck. Fox News viewers came to see their guy take on CNN, and he did. He won. (Now, of course, this really means nothing after last night’s indictment.)

The failures of these attempts to showcase Republican candidates is part of the reason CNN drop kicked its chief, Chris Licht, this week. He had a tin ear for the CNN audience. He didn’t know what they didn’t want. And they didn’t want these people.

Chris Christie is next. The numbers should be about the same, maybe a little higher as he will be dumping on Trump. But will the moderator go after Christie for all the stupid and evil things he did in New Jersey? Or is that a bridge too far?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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