January 6 prime-time hearing watched by more than 20 million
Watch how pro-Trump personalities covered the prime-time January 6 hearingReplayMore Videos ... (15 Videos)Watch how pro-Trump personalities covered the prime-time January 6 hearingLate night hosts react to first prime-time January 6 committee hearingNew White House Press Secretary on what it means to make historyBikers confront reporters in Uvalde Sports host Rich Eisen calls out Ted Cruz and Mike LeeWatch Ellen DeGeneres say goodbye to her show after 19 seasonsHear Jimmy Kimmel's tearful response to Texas shootingOprah Winfrey gets 'a little emotional' saying goodbye to 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'Watch Kellyanne Conway's contentious appearance on 'The View'Watch John Mulaney and Andy Samberg roast Jimmy Kimmel for getting Covid againTucker Carlson now says he doesn't know about a conspiracy theory he's pushed in 400 segmentsWatch Fox host react to Buffalo shooting'Millions of people absorb this garbage': Acosta calls out Carlson for dangerous rhetoricStelter: Shooting is 'replacement theory' rearing its ugly head again'Never say never': Melania Trump teases second term as First Lady (CNN)More than 20 million TV viewers tuned in to Thursday's prime-time presentation about the January 6 attack, and it reached a far larger number through all manner of social and old-school media.
According to early Nielsen estimates, nine of the channels that carried the hearing averaged a combined 19 million viewers during the two-hour hearing. This data doesn't count every TV channel, however, or most web streaming, so the true total is larger.Here's how Fox and Newsmax tried to spin the January 6 committee's first prime-time hearingBig live events are sliced and diced in dozens of different ways across radio, TV and the internet, so every attempt to measure total audience is inherently incomplete.The early numbers are respectable, given the fragmented state of TV, but other widely-carried political events have garnered bigger audiences lately. President Biden's State of the Union address in March averaged 38 million viewers across sixteen channels.Fox News carried Biden's address, and about 6.9 million people watched it on that channel, but not the hearing.Read MoreTucker Carlson's loyal fans stayed with him Thursday while he made a show of ignoring the revelations about the assault on democracy. Carlson averaged about 3.3 million viewers, which is an ordinary night for him. Notably, though, Carlson did not take any commercial breaks, which might have tempted some of his viewers to sample the hearing on another channel.While Carlson's ratings reflect the fact that a segment of right-wing viewers were not interested in consuming the hearing, other audiences were.Between 8 and 10 p.m. Eastern, roughly 5 million people watched the hearing on ABC; 3.6 million on NBC; and 3.4 million on CBS.On cable, more than 4.3 million watched on MSNBC and more than 2.7 million watched on CNN, between three and four times the typical prime-time audience for the channels.Fox Business Network, which offered hearing coverage instead of Fox News, netted barely 200,000 viewers.The right-wing channel Newsmax, which did show most of the hearing, had fewer than 150,000 viewers.Click Here To Get Funded!