Fox News placed a full-page advertisement in the Thursday edition of Washington Post touting its viewership for a recent town hall event the network hosted with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJoe Biden faces an uncertain path Bernie Sanders vows to go to 'war with white nationalism and racism' as president Biden: 'There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there' MORE> (I-Vt.) as "America's Most Watched Town Hall."
The ad comes three days after nearly 2.6 million viewers tuned into Fox News's town hall with Sanders on Monday night, making it the most-watched town hall of this campaign cycle so far, according to Nielsen Media Research.
The live event, co-moderated by "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier and "The Story" anchor Martha MacCallum, also delivered 489,000 viewers in the 25- to 54-year-old age bracket that many advertisers cater to.
Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, provided Fox News with a considerable ratings bump compared to the same day last year. The network saw an increase of 24 percent in total viewers and 40 percent in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE> criticized Fox News following the Sanders event, calling it “weird” to watch the Vermont senator on the network.
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg: We 'probably are' on cusp of recession Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate MORE>, a fellow Democratic presidential candidate, is also in talks to appear in a Fox News town hall event.
Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharPoll: Nearly 4 in 5 say they will consider candidates' stances on cybersecurity The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment MORE> (D-Minn.) agreed to appear in a Fox News town hall in May, per an announcement by the network on Wednesday.
The live events come after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) barred Fox News last month from hosting a Democratic presidential primary debate over the network’s reported close ties with the Trump administration.
DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE> said Monday that the party is not reconsidering its decision.