Kelly interview with Jones a ratings bust, despite boycott
The ratings from Sunday are in, and it seems the American TV-viewing public would rather watch old blooper-filled home video montages than an interview with a conspiracy theorist.
On Father’s Day evening, ABC’s repeat episode of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (AFHV) outperformed NBC’s “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly,” the subject of a firestorm of controversy due to interview subject Alex Jones, Entertainment Weekly reported Monday. AFHV boasted an audience of 3.7 million viewers to Ms. Kelly’s 3.5 million.
Mr. Jones has previously insisted that the Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, was a hoax, and parents of the victims of the mass shooting called on NBC to scuttle the program. At least one NBC affiliate, WVIT in New Britain, Connecticut, opted to not air the program.
While Mr. Jones apologized in May for peddling two other baseless conspiracy theories — one involving a D.C. pizza parlor, the other an Idahobased yogurt factory — he has not apologized for calling the Sandy Hook shooting a hoax and claims that his words have been misconstrued.