First Televised January 6 Committee Hearings Ratings 7x’s That of Fox News Counterprograming

Nearly 20 million people watched Thursday night’s first hearing of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol across broadcast news, according to preliminary ratings figures from Nielsen. Seven times higher than Fox News counterprogramming which garnered a mere 3 million views.

ABC took the largest haul of viewers, earning 4.8 million of them, while NBC and CBS carried 3.5 million and 3.3 million, respectively. 

Friday’s preliminary figures are likely to grow and do not include viewers who watched the hearing via streaming service online through YouTubeTV or other platforms.

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