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The ratings are in for CNN's town hall on climate change and they are not good

What does this say about public concern for the issue?

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If the public's concern for climate change can be measured by the ratings for CNN's marathon climate town hall event, then there's some very bad news for global warming enthusiasts.

Not only did the seven-hour event do poorly in the ratings, but the Fox News channel dominated in early ratings from Nielsen for the time period from 5 p.m. to midnight on Wednesday.

Fox News garnered 2.5 million viewers on average for the time period, which was more than double the average for CNN at 1.1 million viewers.

Fox News also had no special programming for the night.

Even MSNBC did better than CNN, with 1.6 million viewers on average.

Fox News also badly beat out CNN in the key demographic of 25 to 54-year-olds, with 418,000 viewers to CNN's 265,000. MSNBC did slightly worse in the demo with 245,000 viewers.

CNN was also trounced in prime time viewers by Fox News, who garnered 3.2 million to CNN's 1.3 million.

The Democratic party has been facing a heated internecine battle over climate change activists who demanded a debate between the presidential candidates focused only on global warming.

The establishment of the party voted down their demands but offered the town hall event where 10 presidential candidates could answer questions about the topic.

One last thing…
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