Fox News viewers lose interest in network coverage of hearings

NEW YORK — Fox News Channel airs the Jan. 6 committee hearings when they take place during the day, and an overwhelming number of network viewers have made it clear they’d rather do something else.

Over two daytime ratings last week, Fox averaged 727,000 viewers, the Nielsen company said. That compares to the 3.09 million who watched ratings on MSNBC and the 2.21 million who tuned in to CNN.

It completely reverses the viewing model typical of news networks. On weekdays when hearings aren’t held, Fox News Channel routinely has more viewers than the other two networks combined, Nielsen said.

Last Thursday, Fox had 1.33 million viewers for the 2 p.m. Eastern time before the start of the ratings – slightly below its second quarter average but on par with the start of the summer, when fewer people watch television.

After the ratings began, Fox’s viewership fell to 747,000 for 3 p.m. EST and even lower to 718,000 at 4 p.m. rewarded them: viewership reached 2.76 million, Nielsen said.

ABC won the week in prime time, averaging 3.6 million viewers. CBS had 3 million, NBC had 2.5 million, Fox had 1.6 million, Univision had 1.1 million, Ion Television had 1.04 million, and Telemundo had 990,000 viewers.

For the week of June 20 to 26, the 20 most watched programs:

1. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 6.13 million.

2. “America’s Got Talent”, NBC, 6 million.

3. Stanley Cup Final, Game 6: Colorado at Tampa Bay, ABC, 5.82 million.

4. Stanley Cup Final, Game 5: Tampa Bay at Colorado, ABC, 5.15 million.

5. “60 Minutes” (Sunday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 4.8 million.

6. Stanley Cup Final, Game 4: Colorado at Tampa Bay, ABC, 4.6 million.

7. Stanley Cup Final, Game 3: Colorado at Tampa Bay, ABC, 4.1 million.

8. “FBI”, CBS, 3.82 million.

9. “The Price is Right” (Wednesday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 3.74 million.

10. “Stanley Cup Pregame” (Monday), ABC, 3.7 million.

11. “Stanley Cup Presentation,” ABC, 3.69 million.

12. “NCIS,” CBS, 3.58 million.

13. “The Neighborhood”, CBS, 3.57 million.

14. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 3.49 million.

15. “The Price is Right” (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 3.47 million.

16. “Stanley Cup Pregame” (Friday), ABC, 3.27 million.

17. “Stanley Cup Pregame” (Wednesday), ABC, 3.262 million.

18. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Friday), Fox News, 3.255 million.

19. “Stanley Cup Pregame” (Sunday), ABC, 3.23 million.

20. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Thursday), Fox News, 3.19 million.

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