Friday, June 21, 2024

Ratings: Tuesday’s January 6th Committee Drew Millions on Cable, MSNBC Leads CNN, Beats Fox News


Tuesday’s dramatic presentation by the January 6th committee was a hit on cable.

MSNBC scored 3 million viewers at 1pm, and held onto 2.6 million when they were re-checked at 3:40pm. At 8pm, 2.4 million people tuned in to see it all again and watched through the 9 to 10 hour.

On CNN, 2 million people came in at 1pm, and most of them stayed at 3:40pm when the hearing resumed from a break. Jake Tapper held onto 1.4 million when the hearing was over.

Alas, CNN’s other ratings for the day were miniscule. But that has nothing to do with “partisan” anchors. The last thing CNN viewers want to see is a bunch of right wingers lying to the audience about the importance of the hearings or rationalizing Trump backed efforts to overthrow the government.

On FoxNews however, lies are preferred. The extremely partisan network only pulled 773,000 viewers at 1pm and lagged well behind both MSNBC and CNN all day. It was only at night when Fox’s team of ghouls comes out that their audience grew, hungry for lies about what had happened all day.

It should be some consolation that no Fox evening show drew a rating above 3 million, and did not beat MSNBC’s 1pm coverage.

PS All afternoon as the news broke, Fox also ignored the news about its addled 91 year old owner, Rupert Murdoch, getting his fourth divorce.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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