Here's How Many People Watched The Jan. 6 Hearing, And Which Network Had The Most Viewers

Zinger Key Points
  • NBC, CBS and CNN had 3.7 million, 3.5 million and 2.7 million viewers for their coverage respectively.
  • Viewership of the coverage on MSNBC and CNN was “well above” their usual primetime television ratings.

Hearings related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol were aired live across many news outlets on Thursday. Here is a look at how many viewers tuned in to see the coverage.

What Happened: The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol held its first round of live televised hearings.

Findings from an investigation along with previously unreleased interviews with involved parties were part of the live coverage of the hearings.

The hearings relate to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump related to the 2020 Election that saw Joe Biden win the electoral and popular vote.

Nielsen NV NLSN reports that 20.04 million viewers tuned in during the two-hour coverage of the event across 12 broadcast and cable stations that aired the hearings live.

ABC, a unit of The Walt Disney Company DIS and MSNBC, a unit of Comcast Corp CMCSA, led the way with 5.22 million and 4.3 million viewers respectively.

NBC, CBS and CNN had 3.7 million, 3.5 million and 2.7 million viewers for their coverage respectively.

The Hollywood Reporter said viewership of the coverage on MSNBC and CNN was “well above” their usual primetime television ratings.

Fox News, a unit of Fox Corp FOX, chose not to air the hearings live and aired its traditional opinion shows. The network averaged 3.1 million viewers in the two-hour window.

Related Link: How The Betting Odds For Trump & Biden Fluctuated On Election Night 

Why It’s Important: Split across a dozen networks, the coverage of the live hearings was widely watched by primetime viewers Thursday night.

The next highest rated program unrelated to the hearings was the broadcast of the Eastern Conference Finals for the National Hockey League. The game, which aired on ESPN, was watched by 2.48 million viewers.

The 2020 Election showed that election seasons can generate huge viewership numbers for broadcast and cable news stations. The Jan. 6 hearings will air more live coverage in the future, which could see strong viewership and will likely see strong revenue for advertising and sponsorships thanks to the initial coverage figures.

Photo: Courtesy of U.S. Secretary of Defense on Flickr  

Posted In: 2020 election2020 presidential electionABCFox NewsJan. 6 hearingsJan. 6 riotmedia stocksMSNBCpolitical ad spendingEntertainmentNewsPoliticsGeneral

Ad Disclosure: The rate information is obtained by Bankrate from the listed institutions. Bankrate cannot guaranty the accuracy or availability of any rates shown above. Institutions may have different rates on their own websites than those posted on Bankrate.com. The listings that appear on this page are from companies from which this website receives compensation, which may impact how, where, and in what order products appear. This table does not include all companies or all available products.

All rates are subject to change without notice and may vary depending on location. These quotes are from banks, thrifts, and credit unions, some of whom have paid for a link to their own Web site where you can find additional information. Those with a paid link are our Advertisers. Those without a paid link are listings we obtain to improve the consumer shopping experience and are not Advertisers. To receive the Bankrate.com rate from an Advertiser, please identify yourself as a Bankrate customer. Bank and thrift deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Credit union deposits are insured by the National Credit Union Administration.

Consumer Satisfaction: Bankrate attempts to verify the accuracy and availability of its Advertisers' terms through its quality assurance process and requires Advertisers to agree to our Terms and Conditions and to adhere to our Quality Control Program. If you believe that you have received an inaccurate quote or are otherwise not satisfied with the services provided to you by the institution you choose, please click here.

Rate collection and criteria: Click here for more information on rate collection and criteria.