TV Ratings: 20M Watch Jan. 6 Hearings, ABC and MSNBC Lead

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A little more than 20 million people watched the televised hearings of the House of Representatives’ January 6 committee Thursday night.

ABC, MSNBC attracted the largest audiences to the two-hour hearings on the storming of Capitol last year. They were broadcast live on a dozen television and radio stations. Fox News, which pointedly did not offer full coverage of the hearings, drew an audience in line with its recent average from 8 to 10 p.m. ET came in at a respectable level, while CNN and MSNBC were well above their usual ratings.

Per Nielsen, 20. 04 million people watched the two-hour broadcast (not including on PBS, whose figures weren’t available as of publication time). The average ABC audience was 5. 22 million viewers over the two hours. MSNBC (4.3million) was second, followed closely by NBC (3.75 million), CBS (3.75 million), and CBS (3. 49 million) and CNN (2. 74 million).

CNBC, CNNe, Fox Business, NBC LX, Newsmax and NewsNation also covered the hearings, totaling just under 600,000 viewers between them.

ABC also led in the key news demographic of adults 25-54 with a 0. 93 rating. NBC drew a 0. 69, CNN a 0. 61, CBS a 0. 55 and MSNBC a 0.51.

Fox News remained faithful to its opinion shows in primetime. It commented on the hearings, but did not show them in their entirety. It averaged 3. 06 million viewers and a 0. 45 rating in the 25-54 demo from 8-10 p.m. with Tucker Carlson Tonight and Hannity. Fox News’ chief political anchor, Bret Baier, led coverage on Fox Business, which averaged about 240,000 viewers over the two hours.

Aside from news coverage, ESPN’s telecast for the NHL Eastern Conference Finals was the most watched primetime program with 2. 48 million viewers. It also led all programming among adults 18-49 (0. 82 rating) and 25-54 (0.96).

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