Ratings: Latest Jan. 6 Hearing Reached 17.7 Million, Down 11 Percent vs. First

Jan 6 Hearings TV Ratings

In the latest TV ratings, ABC, as it did in early June, led the primetime Thursday coverage of the House Select Committee’s latest public hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

ABC’s two-hour coverage averaged 3.6 million total viewers (per early numbers), compared to CBS’ 2.6 million and NBC’s 2.5 million.

All told, the cumulative Big 3 broadcast audience (8.6 million) is currently down 21 percent from the first public hearing, which aired in primetime on June 9.

UPDATE: But with cable news networks added in, per Deadline, the audience reached 17.7 million — or, down 11 percent from the first public hearing.

Elsewhere on Thursday, Fox aired MasterChef, Welcome to Flatch and Call Me Kat reruns, while The CW served up repeats of Walker and The Flash (“Armageddon,” natch).

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