Around 20 million watch the hearing in House 1/6 during prime time

NEW YORK – An estimated 20 million people watched Thursday night Hearing of the House panel investigating the January 6 riot in the US Capitol.

Figures released Friday by the Nielsen Company include viewers from 12 television networks that aired the rare prime-time hearing, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and the FOX Business Network.

Numbers do not include online viewers or those who watched on PBS.

The hearing, which aired from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the US East Coast, made many elements of the ongoing investigation public for the first time, including a never-before-seen 12-minute video of extremist groups spearheading the deadly siege and chilling testimonies from President Donald Trump’s inner circle.

By comparison, the opening day of each Trump impeachment trial drew about 11 million viewers. These were aired on fewer networks during the day, but Thursday’s far higher numbers suggest the primetime experiment has managed to capture national attention in a way normally reserved for live sporting events.


Fox News, which did not air the hearings, drew nearly 3 million viewers in the same two hours.

The top rated TV shows of the last week, the first two games of the NBA Finals on ABC they each had between 11 and 12 million viewers.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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