(NationalSentinel) On Wednesday CNN held a seven-hour town hall-style event featuring 2020 Democratic presidential candidates that focused on all aspects of the issue but in terms of ratings it was a complete bust.

During the event, which began at 5 p.m. EDT and ended at midnight, the network averaged just 1.1 million viewers. That was far fewer than both Fox News and rival liberal network MSNBC.

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According to Nielsen Media Research’s findings released Thursday, Fox averaged 2.5 million and MSNBC averaged 1.7 million during the same time span.

In addition, CNN failed to beat its rival networks during primetime, averaging just 1.4 million viewers. Fox News averaged 3.2 million, and MSNBC averaged 2.2 million during primetime.

Fox News also dominated in the 25-54 age demographic with 418,000 viewers. CNN barely edged out MSNBC with 265,000 viewers to MSNBC’s 246,000.

On Thursday, CNN announced another marathon-style town hall event in conjunction with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The event is set for October 10 – the “eve of National Coming Out Day” – and is to focus on “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues.”

“This town hall comes at a critical time in our fight to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in this nation,” HRC president Alphonso David said, despite the fact that LGBTQ individuals have the same rights — but more protections — than heterosexual Americans.

The event features 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, but not all of them. The only candidates who will be invited are those who successfully meet the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) qualifications for the October primary debate.

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