Liberal News networks gave an enthusiastic reaction to Thursday’s primetime hearing of the January 6 Committee, hyping up the presentation as a major television event, and heralding it as a success after it was revealed that 20 million people had tuned in to watch.
Although the networks continue to flaunt their viewership statistics, these numbers have been revealed to be deceiving and actually a failure in terms of overall reception. Many people exposed this fact, like Peter Hamby who tweeted “these ratings are all lower than the nightly news broadcast on each of these networks.”
Conservative pundit and former Newsmax host John Cardillo saw the 20 million number and knew right away that the hearings were a dud. ”Massive dud. I told you the ratings were abysmal. The broadcast networks had half their usual viewers for the same time slot.”
Dinesh D’Souza added, “How many people watched the #January6th hearing? Around 20 million, even though it played nonstop on just about every network and cable station. By contrast, many more people have seen “2000 Mules,” featured on no network—not even Fox. People want facts & truth, not propaganda!”
Jesse Kelly tweeted, ”Imagine sitting in your car crying because you can’t afford to drive to work anymore, coming home that night, turning on the TV, and seeing Democrats doing a TV event for January 6th.”
The Morning Joe panel tried to show off by contrasting these ratings numbers with the highest numbers from ‘The Apprentice’ and ‘Celebrity Apprentice’.
Almost 20 million viewers tuned in for the hearings on Thursday night, according to The Hill. By contrast, President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address in March pulled in 38 million viewers. In 2018, then-President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union attracted over 45 million, per the New York Post.
Fox News took criticism this week for its decision not to air continuous live coverage of the hearings on its main cable channel. The network did not preempt its regularly scheduled opinion shows, featuring hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham.
ABC attracted the biggest audience, with 5.2 million viewers. NBC and CBS each had an audience of more than three million. MSNBC averaged more than four million, and CNN drew 2.7 million.
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