I mentioned the other day that the Gillibrand campaign was betting big on Tuesday night’s CNN Presidential Town Hall. The hope was Gillibrand’s moment in the spotlight would give her floundering campaign of cringe a much-needed boost.
Getting ready for tonight’s CNN town hall! pic.twitter.com/ighOcg2w2s— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) April 9, 2019
Yup, Kirsten really hoped she would knock it out of the park Tuesday night.
I think I’d rather sit through an elementary school production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf”— Dianny 🇺🇸 (@DiannyRants) April 9, 2019
And apparently, I wasn’t alone.
From Mediaite’s report:
Gillibrand’s town hall bagged a paltry 491,000 in total viewers and 115,000 in the advertiser coveted A25-54 demographic.
For some context: in the first quarter of 2019, CNN’s 10 p.m. host Don Lemon doubled those numbers: on average, he bagged 1.16 million total viewers and 361,000 in the demo.
Gillibrand’s town hall was also the lowest rated show on cable Tuesday night at 10 p.m. While less than half a million people watched Gillibrand, a whopping 2.5 million tuned in to watch Fox News host Laura Ingraham, while over on MSNBC Lawrence O’Donnell drew 1.9 million viewers.
I want someone to take the bullet and count the number of times Gillibrand used the word “brave” in this ratings dud.
I know I should feel sorry for her.
But I can’t help it. This gives me a happy!
Nobody is clamoring for a Gillibrand White House run – except maybe Kirsten.
But let’s leave aside the fact that there is zero enthusiasm from voters for her Quixotic run for President. That’s bad enough.
This embarrassing ratings disaster is bad for the hapless New York Senator in another way.
The fact is, the news media view Presidential election politics through the prism of ratings. Given the abysmal ratings her town hall got, I doubt very much cable news outlets will waste their time on her from here on out.
And this may be mean to say, but I just love this! It couldn’t happen to a more deserving person.
I’ve said before that I fully expect Kirsten to pack it in and hit the bricks long before the Iowa Caucus.
But for selfish reasons, I hope she sticks it out. Because watching this sanctimonious, puffed-up lightweight make a fool of herself is all kinds of fun!
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