Comey hear­ings draw tens of mil­lions

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — An­drew Blake

Nearly 20 mil­lion tele­vi­sion view­ers tuned into the ma­jor com­mer­cial TV chan­nels to watch former FBI Di­rec­tor James B. Comey testify be­fore a Se­nate panel about his re­la­tion­ship with Pres­i­dent Trump, the Nielsen ratings ser­vice said.

About 19.5 mil­lion view­ers watched Mr. Comey’s highly-an­tic­i­pated tes­ti­mony on 10 mea­sured TV net­works, ac­cord­ing to Nielsen’s data.

The to­tal num­ber was much higher as Nielsen counts nei­ther ad-free chan­nels like PBS and CSPAN nor non-TV meth­ods of watch­ing con­tent.

CNN said its livestream was ini­ti­ated about 3.9 mil­lion times by on­line view­ers, Twit­ter said its dig­i­tal broad­cast brought in 2.7 mil­lion view­ers and Face­book boasted of at­tract­ing 26 mil­lion view­ers to its own live video cov­er­age.

Among the ma­jor net­works, ABC claimed the largest au­di­ence, while Fox News Chan­nel had the big­gest au­di­ence among the cable-news chan­nels, Nielsen re­ported.

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