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Donald Trump Town Hall Event on FOX News Garners Over 5 Million Viewers

FOX News announced that the town hall event was the highest-rated telecast of 2024.

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Wednesday marked the conclusion of Fox News’ three-day marathon of candidate town halls in Des Moines, Iowa, that ended with good ratings for the network.

This week, FOX News wrapped up its coverage with a town hall event with former President Donald Trump, in which Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum served as moderators.

FOX News announced that the town hall event was the highest-rated telecast of 2024. Averaging 4.3 million viewers and 553,000 in the 25-54 demo during its 9-10 PM/ET airing, the town hall emerged as the most-watched program on linear television.

Early data from Nielsen Media Research indicates that it captured 53 percent of the cable news share in total viewers and 48 percent in the key demo. The debate encore from 12-1 AM ET (9-10 PM PT) pulled an average of 877,000 viewers and 180,000 in the 25-54 demo. 

In the 2-3 AM ET (11 PM-12 AM PT) slot, the encore garnered 496,000 viewers and 100,000 in the 25-54 demo.

Overall, the town hall amassed 5.8 million viewers and 875,000 in the 25-54 demo with both encores combined.

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Tucker Carlson on Putin Sit-Down: ‘There’s A Lot About That Interview I Don’t Really Understand’

“I’m not sure I understand exactly what he was doing. So I shouldn’t pretend that I do…I don’t think he was very effective.”

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Tucker Carlson is speaking about his interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin and says there are portions of the interview he’s dumbfounded by.

The former Fox News host joined Glenn Beck for his BlazeTV program to discuss the high-profile interview. Carlson has received plenty of backlash for his sit-down interview with Putin, with critics calling the dialogue with the dictator ‘Pure Propaganda’ and saying he acted ‘like an eager puppy’ during the conversation.

“I was enraged because I thought — I didn’t go into the interview feeling like I had to posture, morally,” said Carlson of the first few long-winded answers from the Russian leader. “I took a look at the last interview he did with the Western journalist, and the entire interview was the reporter from some dumb news outlet being like, ‘I’m a good person, you’re a bad person!’ I’m not interested in proving I’m a good person. People can assess, God can assess. I just wanted information.

“But I was infuriated because I thought he was filibustering. So really pretty straightforward. The obvious question which is, why did you do this? Why do you send troops into eastern Ukraine? And he goes on this long answer, and so I interrupted him a couple of times, or I tried to. He got very snippy,” admitted Carlson. “And then I realized, no, this is the answer. He’s thinks differently.”

Tucker Carlson then noted he wasn’t entirely sure of Putin’s reasoning for taking the interview, but admitted if the goal was to turn Western support to Russia’s side, the leader failed in that mission.

“I’m not sure I understand exactly what he was doing. So I shouldn’t pretend that I do. There’s a lot about that interview that I don’t really understand. I don’t think he was very effective. If his goal was to win a Western audience to his perspective.

“It didn’t make me more pro-Putin. Not that I was. And by the way, I should just say at the outset, I’ve been accused of being pro-Putin and I’m not, but if I was, that’s okay, too, right? I’m an adult man and an American. I can like or dislike anyone I want. I can have any opinion I want. I’m not ashamed of it. And the idea that like, a small number of people in D.C. get to decide what I believe is not something I accept.”

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Fox News’ Bret Baier Scores Interview With Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

The interview took place on the frontlines of the combat between Ukraine and Russia, with explosions being heard in the background throughout the interview.

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As the war in Ukraine approaches its second anniversary, Fox News anchor Bret Baier will feature a sit-down interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

On Thursday, Baier will feature his exclusive interview with Zelenskyy for his Special Report program. The interview took place on the frontlines of the combat between Ukraine and Russia, with explosions being heard in the background throughout the interview.

A portion of the interview will also feature Baier traveling with Zelenskyy through some of the areas of hardest fighting. Baier will accompany the President as he receives military briefings, presents medals to troops, and visits wounded soldiers in Ukrainian hospitals.

Additionally, Baier will shine a spotlight during the program on Fox News correspondents who have spent extensive time covering the wartorn region since 2022.

Special Report with Bret Baier airs weekdays at 6 PM ET on Fox News.

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Former CNN Analyst John Avlon Announces New York Congressional Bid

“This election is not a drill. It’s up to all of us to step up and get off the sidelines. And that’s why I’m running for Congress…”

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After departing CNN earlier this month, John Avlon has made it official: he’s running for Congress in the state of New York.

Avlon is running in the 1st Congressional District of New York, which represents Suffolk County and a large chunk of Long Island. The district is currently represented by Rep. Nick LaLota (R).

In a video posted to X announcing his candidacy, John Avlon said, “Right now, our democracy is in danger. This election is not a drill. It’s up to all of us to step up and get off the sidelines. And that’s why I’m running for Congress in New York’s 1st district. There’s just too much at stake for the country and the community that I love.”

Avlon joined CNN in 2010 as a political contributor before joining the network in a full-time capacity in 2018. He served as a senior political analyst and also served as a fill-in anchor during his tenure.

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