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Comey Testimony Watched by an Estimated 19.5 Million Viewers

11 June 2017

An estimated 19.5 million viewers watched former FBI Director James Comey testimony to Congress on Thursday across 10 television networks, Nielsen reported Friday afternoon.

Overall, ABC was the most watched network airing the Senate Intelligence Committee live, generating 3.3 million total viewers, while Fox news was the most watched cable news network with 3.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

During his appearance, Comey said he believed the president dismissed him in May to try to undermine a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into possible collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign team and Russian Federation.

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Nielsen figures released Friday tallied the audience for the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director's appearance across ad-supported networks and cable channels. That is a large audience for a daytime event, though it is short of the 30.6 million who tuned in to President Donald Trump's inauguration in January.

Football's Super Bowl, traditionally the year's most-watched US television broadcast, attracted 111 million viewers in February.

MSNBC and NBC both drew about 2.7 million viewers each. Comey said his dad would not actually be speaking to the media today, though Lee pressed him for a reaction to the aftermath of his testimony before the Senate.

Comey Testimony Watched by an Estimated 19.5 Million Viewers