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These TV Shows Had Higher Ratings Than the First Jan. 6 Hearing

Despite a massive promotional campaign in the mainstream press, the first Jan. 6 committee hearing Thursday failed to outperform standard programming in the primetime slot.

SO WHAT

The media is obsessed with Jan.6 proceedings, but it’s not so clear the American public feels the same way.

THE NUMBERS

One week prior to the hearing, CBS got better ratings at the same time with a rerun of the sitcom “Young Sheldon,” according to the TV Ratings Guide.

More viewers also tuned in for a May 12 episode of NBC’s “Law & Order” than watched the network’s broadcast of the Jan. 6 hearing.

  • Overall, an estimated 20 million people watched the hearing, which aired on the three big broadcast networks, as well as cable networks such as CNN, The New York Times reported.

For comparison, Thursday night NFL games often draw more than 20 million viewers on a single network.

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