Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s Tuesday town hall on CNN had terrible viewership ratings, showing a potential lack of interest from voters.
According to a report by Nielsen, the viewership total was 714,000 viewers, while other networks, like NBC and Fox News, passed two million. The average viewership for the network was also down by 30%.
This data is even more shocking when compared with other candidates’ town halls, like John Hickenlooper, who brought in 745,000 viewers during his March event.
O’Rourke’s answers during the town hall were in line with his more progressive views, even calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
“If we do nothing because we are afraid of the polls or the politics, or the repercussions in the next election, we will set a precedent that, in fact, some people, because of the position of power and public trust that they hold, are above the law.”
Watch O’Rourke’s answers to some town hall questions below:
— Vegas for Beto (@VegasForBeto) May 22, 2019
He also repeated his view on abortion, claiming that he would expand abortion rights and make it a federal issue instead of being left up to the states.
“As president, I will make sure that every nominee to every federal bench, including the Supreme Court, understands and believes Roe v. Wade is the settled law of the land,” O’Rourke said.
As IJR Red reported, many Democratic candidates are not appearing on Fox News due to their disagreements with the commentators’ viewpoints. However, candidates Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Pete Buttigieg have gone on the network in a bid to sway some of the network’s audience.
While O’Rourke has not announced any plans to appear on the network, recent polling suggests that he is trailing behind many candidates in the crowded 2020 field. Due to Tuesday’s ratings, O’Rourke may reconsider having a town hall hosted by the network.