“Evening newscast audiences on any given night last week were 1.6 times larger than the total number of broadcast viewers who tuned into the hearings on Thursday.”
On Thursday night, Professor Jacobson explained why he would not be watching the Democrats’ J6 show trial. Apparently, a lot of people felt the same way.
Liberals are trying to gloat about the ratings but they have nothing to brag about.
Early analysis suggests approximately 20 million people watched. The left thinks this is a win.
For context, avg nightly newscast ratings last week were:
ABC's World News Tonight: 7.4m (1.34m)
NBC Nightly News: 6.06m (976K)
CBS Evening News: 4.3m (674K)
Evening newscast audiences last week were 1.62x larger (key demo 1.67x) than last night's broadcast hearings audiences. https://t.co/hUkfNCtW6H
— Bill D'Agostino (@Banned_Bill) June 10, 2022
NEW: According to preliminary Nielsen ratings, nearly 20 million people watched the first night of the January 6 Committee hearings. Those figures don't include streaming or internet viewership.
Trump's 2020 impeachment trial averaged 9 million people per day, for comparison.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) June 10, 2022
There are a lot of very stupid people who don't understand TV ratings. https://t.co/onximmWlFE
— Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) June 10, 2022
Biden SOTU – 38 million
Trump 2020 SOTU – 37 million
Trump 2019 SOTU – 47 million
— Pedros (@BiskyRusiness) June 10, 2022
Here’s a reality check from Tristan Justice of The Federalist:
Jan. 6 Committee Pulls Dismal Ratings In Prime-Time Show Trial
Television networks that broadcast the Jan. 6 Committee’s first summer hearing in prime time Thursday night failed to attract more viewers than on a typical weeknight.
“The world is watching what we do here,” Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in his opening statement. “America has long been expected to be a shining city on a hill, a beacon of hope and freedom, a model for others when we are at our best.”
Thompson’s viewership, however, missed the mark.
According to preliminary ratings figures from Nielsen published by The New York Times, more than 19 million tuned in for what was anticipated to be a blockbuster event. While 19 million may seem high at first glance, a look at what cable and broadcast networks typically pull for an average evening reveals Thursday’s viewership as little to brag about, especially when all but one, Fox News, aired the livestream.
Media analyst Joe Concha of The Hill also weighed in on this:
Context: The evening newscasts on CBS, NBC & ABC average anywhere from 18 to 20 million viewers combined on a typical night. Those newscasts do not air in primetime. The January 6 hearings airing in primetime Thursday took in just 11+ million viewers on those three same networks. https://t.co/KcdsM5sx3Z
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) June 10, 2022
Finally, a word from Bill D’Agostino of NewsBusters:
Broadcast Networks’ Jan 6 Hearings Drew Smaller Audiences than Nightly Newscasts Last Week
The preliminary broadcast network ratings are in for last night’s January 6 committee hearings, and they paint a disappointing picture for Democrats and their media pals.
Based on the most recent ratings data, January 6 hearing coverage on broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) drew significantly smaller audiences than those networks’ own evening newscasts generally do on a standard weekday. Evening newscast audiences on any given night last week were 1.6 times larger than the total number of broadcast viewers who tuned into the hearings on Thursday.
Jon Gabriel sums it up here:
If the goal of the Jan. 6 hearings was fact-finding, it might be compelling. Instead, pols just wanted B-roll for their campaign ads.
— Jon Gabriel (@exjon) June 10, 2022
This was, to use one of Obama’s favorite expressions, a distraction.
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