ABC News leads coverage of the January 6 hearings

The most notable news event of the week ending June 12 took place in prime time on Thursday, June 9: Congressional hearings on the January 6, 2021 insurrection on Capitol Hill.

Among the highlights of the hearing on its opening night was some of the evidence presented by the investigative committee’s vice chair, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney: Trump had “not called any element of the U.S. government to order that the Capitol be defended”; and, relayed that Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) and “several other Republican congressmen… have sought presidential pardons for their role in attempting to void the 2020 election.”

Rep. Cheney, one of the few Republicans to counter Trump’s campaign demands, had warned: “I say this to my fellow Republicans who stand for the indefensible: There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.

Additionally, during a clip montage recapping the events of January 6 and what led up to them, Donald’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, was seen in sworn video testimony admitting she had been swayed by the rejection. by then-Attorney General Bill Barr of his father’s fraud allegations.

Live in court, Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards testified that she was “sliding into people’s blood” and described the whole scene as “carnage” and “chaos.”

On this “night unlike any other in American history” (as tweeted by former CBS News anchor Dan Rather), an estimated 19.7 million people across seven networks tuned in to those hearings. ABC was the most-watched network in terms of coverage, with just over 5.21 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Based on adults 25-54, ABC also topped the list with about 1.1 million viewers.

Cable outlet MSNBC finished second, pulling in an average of 4.3 million from 8-10 p.m., +600,000 more than its broadcast network partner NBC.

CBS (3.49 million) ranked fourth. While CNN (2.74 million) was in fifth place in total viewership, it was a virtual tie for third place with CBS among key 25-54 year olds with 747,000 Specified Age Viewers (NBC was in second place, with around 850,000).

CNN’s demo figure topped all primetime cable media, topping MSNBC (616,000 from 8-10 p.m.) and usual nighttime leader Fox News Channel (546,000 from 8-10 p.m.) .

Of the news outlets least viewed for coverage of hearings, CNBC averaged 177,000 viewers and NewsNation drew 61,000 viewers.

FNC did not televise the first night of the Capitol attack hearings because, as their 8 p.m. host, Tucker Carlson, described them as “propaganda.” Instead, the June 9 edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” ran commercial-free for its entire hour in an effort to dissuade its audience from turning to those ratings. “Carlson” (3.32 million total viewers) and “Hannity” (2.8 million) both tied audiences with their respective weekday performances.

Cable News Averages for June 6-12, 2022:

Total day (June 6-12 @ 6am-5:59am)

  • Fox News Channel: 1.451 million viewers; 225,000 adults aged 25 to 54
  • MSNBC: 0.754 million viewers; 83,000 adults aged 25 to 54
  • CNN: 0.499 million viewers; 113,000 adults aged 25 to 54
  • HLN: 0.172 million viewers; 48,000 adults aged 25 to 54
  • CNBC: 0.132 million viewers; 32,000 adults aged 25 to 54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.118 million viewers; 15,000 adults aged 25 to 54
  • The weather channel: 0.107 million viewers; 20,000 adults aged 25 to 54
  • newsmax: 0.106 million viewers; 15,000 adults aged 25 to 54

Prime time (June 6-11 @ 8-11pm; June 12 @ 7-11pm)

  • Fox News Channel: 2.268 million viewers; 359,000 adults aged 25 to 54
  • MSNBC: 1.444 million viewers; 161,000 adults aged 25 to 54
  • CNN: 0.851 million viewers; 217,000 adults aged 25 to 54
  • HLN: 0.211 million viewers; 54,000 adults aged 25 to 54
  • CNBC: 0.190 million viewers; 63,000 adults aged 25 to 54
  • The weather channel: 0.142 million viewers; 19,000 adults aged 25 to 54
  • newsmax: 0.129 million viewers; 20,000 adults aged 25 to 54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.057 million viewers; 10,000 adults aged 25 to 54
  • NewsNation: 0.045 million viewers; 9,000 adults aged 25 to 54

Top 10 most watched TV news (and top programs from other outlets with their respective associated ranks) in the total number of viewers:

1. January 6 “Night One Hearings” (MSNBC, Thu 6/9/2022 9:00 p.m., 60 min.) 4.420 million viewers

2. January 6 “Night One Hearings” (MSNBC, Thu. 6/9/2022 8:00 p.m., 60 min.) 4.187 million viewers

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 6/6/2022 8:00 p.m., 60 min.) 3.447 million viewers

4. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 8/6/2022 5:00 PM, 60 mins.) 3.404 million viewers

5. The Five (FOXNC, Tue. 6/7/2022 5:00 p.m., 60 min.) 3.345 million viewers

6. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 6/9/2022 8:00 p.m., 60 min.) 3.324 million viewers

7. Jan. 6 “Night One Analysis” Audiences (MSNBC, Thu. 6/9/2022 10:00 p.m., 60 min.) 3.233 million viewers

8. The Five (FOXNC, Mon 6/6/2022 5:00 PM, 60 mins.) 3.151 million viewers

9. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 6/8/2022 8:00 p.m., 60 min.) 3.145 million viewers

10. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Fri. 06/10/2022 8:00 p.m., 60 min.) 3.135 million viewers

16. Attack On Democracy “Jan 6th Hearings” (CNN, Thu 6/9/2022 8:02 p.m., 113 min.) 2.739 million viewers

189. Live with Bill Maher “Episode 603” (HBO, Fri 06/10/2022 10:00 PM, 56 min.) 0.754 million viewers

363. Last Week Tonight (HBO, Sun. 6/12/2022 11:00 p.m., 35 min.) 0.423 million viewers

384. The Daily Show (CMDY, Thu 6/9/2022 11:00 PM, 31 min.) 0.379 million viewers

391. Very Scary People “The Back To School Killer: Pt2” (HLN, Sun. 12/6/2022 10:00 p.m., 60 min.) 0.368 million viewers

420. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee “Episode 7216” (TBS, Thu 6/9/2022 10:00 p.m., 30 min.) 0.319 million viewers

415. Kudlow (FBN, Tue. 6/7/2022 4:00 p.m., 60 min.) 0.326 million viewers

481. Shark Tank (CNBC, Tue. 6/7/2022 10:00 p.m., 60 min.) 0.268 million viewers

541. The Earth Unlocked” (106) What Lies Beneath” (TWC, Sun. 6/12/2022 8:00 p.m., 60 min.) 0.234 million viewers

670. Newsnation: Rush Hour (NWSN, Thu 9/6/2022 5:00 p.m., 60 mins.) 0.181 million viewers

Top 10 cable news programs (and top programs from other outlets with their respective associated ranks) in adults aged 25 to 54

1. Attack On Democracy “Jan 6th Hearings” (CNN, Thu 6/9/2022 8:02 p.m., 113 min.) 0.747 million adults 25-54

2. Attack on Democracy “January 6 Post-Hearings Analysis” (CNN, Thu. 6/9/2022 9:55 p.m., 65 min.) 0.709 million adults 25-54

3. Jan. 6 “Night One Hearings” (MSNBC, Thu. 6/9/2022 9:00 p.m., 60 min.) 0.656 million adults 25-54

4. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 6/9/2022 8:00 p.m., 60 min.) 0.586 million adults 25-54

5. Jan. 6 “Night One Hearings” (MSNBC, Thu. 6/9/2022 8:00 p.m., 60 min.) 0.576 million adults 25-54

6. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 6/6/2022 8:00 p.m., 60 min.) 0.542 million adults 25-54

7. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 6/7/2022 8:00 p.m., 60 min.) 0.526 million adults 25-54

8. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 6/8/2022 8:00 p.m., 60 min.) 0.525 million adults 25-54

9. Ingraham’s Angle (FOXNC, Thu 6/9/2022 10:00 PM, 60 Min.) 0.518 million adults 25-54

10. Hannity (FOXNC, Thu 9/6/2022 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.506 million adults 25-54

114. The Daily Show (CMDY, Mon 6/6/2022 11:00 PM, 31 min.) 0.186 million adults 25-54

182. Forensic Files II “Buried Secrets” (HLN, ends Fri 6/10/2022 2:00 a.m., 30 min.) 0.136 million adults 25-54

204. Real Time with Bill Maher “603” (HBOM, Fri 10/6/2022 10:00 PM, 56 min.) 0.127M Adults 25-54

215. Last Week Tonight (HBO, Sun. 6/12/2022 11:00 p.m., 35 mins.) 0.125 million adults 25-54

248. Shark Tank (CNBC, Tue. 6/7/2022 10:00 p.m., 60 min.) 0.112 million adults 25-54

263. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee “Episode 7216” (TBS, Thu 6/9/2022 10:00 PM, 30 min.) 0.108M Adults 25-54

596. Kudlow (NBF, Fri 10/6/2022 4:00 PM, 60 mins) 0.045 million adults 25-54

510. Weather Gone Viral “(607) Music City Tornado” (TWC, Mon 6/6/2022 11:00 PM, 60 Min.) 0.056 million adults 25-54

725. Newsnation: Rush Hour (NWSN, Wed. 8/6/2022 5:00 p.m., 60 min.) 0.033 million adults 25-54

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research