Comey testimony watched by an estimated 19.5 million viewers

Aaron Brown
June 11, 2017

The James Comey sweepstakes paid off for television.

Almost 20 million television viewers tuned in Thursday to watch former FBI Director James Comey testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his relationship with President Trump, the Nielsen ratings service said Friday.

An estimated 19.5 million viewers watched James Comey's widely televised U.S. Senate testimony. United States broadcast networks interrupted regular programming to air live coverage of Mr Comey's more than two hours of remarks before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Early Nielsen data showed that 18.2 million people tuned in to the hearing on six broadcast and cable television networks. That is a large audience for a daytime event, though it is short of the 30.6 million who tuned in to President Donald Trump's inauguration in January. It also edged out rival CNN, by just a hair (3.049 million) and handily beat MSNBC's audience of 2.719 million viewers.

"His company is his son, Jim", the man answered, identifying himself as that company, the ex-FBI director who delivered extraordinary testimony before Congress this week about his interactions with President Donald Trump before he was sacked last month.

Football's Super Bowl, traditionally the year's most-watched USA television broadcast, attracted 111 million viewers in February.

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