Comey hearings draw tens of millions
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.