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HLN Leads the Way in coverage of the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial

Douglas Pucci



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The $50 million defamation trial between the formerly wedded actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard began in mid-April but captured more national attention during the week of April 18 when Depp took the witness stand. The case was initiated by a 2018 Washington Post op-ed piece written by Heard that alleged domestic violence by Depp, causing (according to Depp) to lose out on major film roles including a “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel that was in the works.

The cable network HLN has offered extensive coverage of the Depp v. Heard trial, airing in the time periods that featured Depp’s testimony on Apr. 20-21 live from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern. The first day, on Apr. 20, averaged just 101,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. But Depp’s second day on the stand (on Apr. 21), perked the audience up to 186,000 viewers; narrowing it to the noon-1 p.m. ET hour, HLN drew 233,000 total viewers – as indicated in the averages below, above what the network normally draws.

HLN’s semi-nightly special report “War Over Words”, which recaps the day’s events of Depp v. Heard, debuted on Apr. 14 with 177,000 viewers. Subsequent editions on Apr. 19-21 at 9 p.m. Eastern (131,000; 109,000; and 213,000 respectively) actually attracted less viewers than its midnight rebroadcasts (171,000; 143,000; and 224,000 respectively).

Fox News Channel also broke in to its regular midday programming on Apr. 21 to air Depp’s testimony, (albeit for only fifteen minutes: 11:36-11:44 a.m. ET, then 12:26-12:33 p.m. ET) delivering 1.67 million total viewers and 288,000 within the key 25-54 demographic. CNN and MSNBC had also aired portions of the Depp-Heard trial throughout the week, but Nielsen did not specify their coverage in its listings.

The trial is set to continue thru the end of May with testimonies to soon come from Heard (who countersued Depp) herself as well as from actors James Franco and Paul Bettany. Tesla and future Twitter owner Elon Musk, who dated Heard shortly after her breakup from Depp, had been on the list of potential witnesses but as of Apr. 28, is not slated to appear on the stand.

Cable news averages for April 18-24, 2022:

Total Day (April 18-24 @ 6 a.m.-5:59 a.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 1.478 million viewers; 242,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 0.670 million viewers; 72,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.548 million viewers; 120,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.183 million viewers; 55,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.136 million viewers; 17,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.128 million viewers; 29,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.118 million viewers; 21,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.108 million viewers; 14,000 adults 25-54

Prime Time (April 18-23 @ 8-11 p.m.; April 24 @ 7-11 p.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 2.281 million viewers; 360,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 1.126 million viewers; 123,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.660 million viewers; 159,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.191 million viewers; 56,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.169 million viewers; 53,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.167 million viewers; 19,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.151 million viewers; 25,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.050 million viewers; 11,000 adults 25-54
  • NewsNation: 0.045 million viewers; 7,000 adults 25-54

Top 10 most-watched cable news programs (and the top MSNBC and CNN programs with their respective associated ranks) in total viewers:

1. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 4/20/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.525 million viewers

2. The Five (FOXNC, Thu. 4/21/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.511 million viewers

3. The Five (FOXNC, Mon. 4/18/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.408 million viewers

4. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 4/21/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.405 million viewers

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 4/19/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.341 million viewers

6. The Five (FOXNC, Tue. 4/19/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.328 million viewers

7. The Five (FOXNC, Fri. 4/22/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.274 million viewers

8. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 4/20/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.272 million viewers

9. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 4/18/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.231 million viewers

10. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Fri. 4/22/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.930 million viewers

27. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Thu. 4/21/2022 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.164 million viewers

163. CNN Films “Navalny” (CNN, Sun. 4/24/2022 9:00 PM, 120 min.) 0.881 million viewers

173. Real Time With Bill Maher “597” (HBO, Fri. 4/22/2022 10:01 PM, 56 min.) 0.841 million viewers

 • The Daily Show (CMDY, Tue. 4/19/2022 11:00 PM, 31 min.) 0.410 million viewers

 • Forensic Files “Shoot To Thrill” (HLN, late Fri. 4/22/2022 2:30 AM, 30 min.) 0.344 million viewers

 • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee “Episode 7211” (TBS, Thu. 4/21/2022 10:00 PM, 30 min.) 0.214 million viewers

Top 10 cable news programs (and the top  CNN, MSNBC, HBO and HLN programs with their respective associated ranks) among adults 25-54

1. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 4/20/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.619 million adults 25-54

2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 4/19/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.581 million adults 25-54

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 4/18/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.554 million adults 25-54

4. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 4/21/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.551 million adults 25-54

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Fri. 4/22/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.506 million adults 25-54

6. The Five (FOXNC, Thu. 4/21/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.493 million adults 25-54

7. The Five (FOXNC, Fri. 4/22/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.473 million adults 25-54

8. The Five (FOXNC, Mon. 4/18/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.465 million adults 25-54

9. Hannity (FOXNC, Thu. 4/21/2022 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.461 million adults 25-54

10. Hannity (FOXNC, Mon. 4/18/2022 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.450 million adults 25-54

81. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Thu. 4/21/2022 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.247 million adults 25-54

90. The Lead with Jake Tapper (CNN, Wed. 4/20/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.228 million adults 25-54

147. The Daily Show (CMDY, Tue. 4/19/2022 11:00 PM, 31 min.) 0.165 million adults 25-54

189. Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO, Fri. 4/22/2022 10:01 PM, 56 min.) 0.142 million adults 25-54

207. Forensic Files “Shoot To Thrill” (HLN, late Fri. 4/22/2022 2:30 AM, 30 min.) 0.135 million adults 25-54

 • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee “Episode 7211” (TBS, Thu. 4/21/2022 10:00 PM, 30 min.) 0.069 million adults 25-54

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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Gordon Deal Is a Self-Described Gatherer

“I’m not a news organization. I source everything. We don’t have correspondents. I’ll always tell you where the story is coming from.”



Only hot dogs and beer have spent more time in sports stadiums than Gordon Deal.

In 2011, he became the New York Giants PA announcer at MetLife Stadium. Today he’s the PA announcer for the New York Giants football club, a job he snared in 2011. “That’s the year they went on to win the Super Bowl,” Deal said. “This season will be my 12th season.”

Deal did the same for the New York Knicks. He was also a PA announcer for the New York Liberty of the WNBA.

“The year I joined the Giants in 2011, they went on to win the Super Bowl later that year. This season will be my 12th.

Deal spent a lot of time in the booth for Rutgers football. Play-by-play broadcasting was always close to his heart, and he says that a play-by-play guy is essentially a breaking news reporter in the grander scheme of things.

“What I mean by that is you’re talking about something that is unfolding before your eyes. You’re the voice at the scene of the fire, with flames pouring out the window. That’s like calling a pass play, interception, or a blocked punt. It’s always breaking news.”

“My first public address gig was at Rutgers, when at WRSU. I was randomly asked to announce a women’s volleyball game. These, to me, at the time, were the most beautiful women on the planet, so I may have had ulterior motives.”

Deal believes professional teams these days are looking for a ‘homer atmosphere’ rather than the unbiased announcers.

“I used to do that ‘homer’ stuff for the New York Knicks. The fans responded. In football, if the other team has the ball, I’ll really play up the ‘It’s third-down.’ Trying to rally the crowd.”

His ambitions to be a play-by-play guy started in his driveway. He would shoot hoops, envisioning hitting the game-winning shot. I was that suburban kid who had a basketball hoop nailed to the side of the house, and I’d narrate myself playing.

‘Deal moves to his right… it’s a floater to beat the buzzer. Nets win. Nets win.’ He did the same thing with a soccer goal rigged up between two trees in the yard.

Since the beginnings of mankind, there have been the proverbial hunters and gatherers. For daily news, Deal is most definitely a self-described gatherer.

“I’m an aggregator,” Deal said. “I’m not a news organization. I source everything. We don’t have correspondents. I’ll always tell you where the story is coming from.”

Deal said you might not like his sources, but that’s not something he can control.

“I’ll get an email or tweet accusing me of bias on one thing or another,” Deal explained. “You could drill down all day and not find bias in what I do. If you say you have proof of something, show it to me. Prove I’m a liberal or on the right.”

He said on Twitter that he’s willing to take a kick in the pants if he’s wrong. “Still, show me I’m wrong. I get it from both sides. That’s a good sign.”

“We do a news analysis on our show. We compliment those with sound bites. My job between 5:00 and 7:00 in the morning is to make you the most knowledgeable listeners out there.”

Deal worked at WINS and WCBS as a writer and reporter. Later, he worked for The Wall Street Journal This Morningwhich went belly up in 2014. Deal’s show, This Morning with Gordon Deal, is available on over 300 terrestrial radio stations. It’s also on TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Audacy, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Pandora.

Deal attended Rutgers and graduated in communications in 1989. Like most first-year college students, Deal had no idea what he wanted to do. “I guess I chose a generic degree. My grades were so bad, I was on academic probation in my freshman year. I was too stupid to keep a routine. I thought I was going to play soccer.”

He said he didn’t have the grades to declare communications as a major, so he took business classes until his GPA was high enough to declare communications.

“It was a communication degree, not broadcast journalism,” he explained. “This was a curriculum that didn’t include sitting behind a microphone to hone skills. WRSU was our radio station, and I found out they were looking for people to work there,” Deal said. “Everything I learned about radio broadcasting came from there.”

“I wasn’t the most informed guy back then. I could tell you the name of the assistant coach at Boise State, but I couldn’t name the governor of my own state.”

In school, Deal started writing for The Daily Targum.

(I know. I had to look up Targum.)

“Some of my classmates were writing for the paper. Then in the same paper, there was an ad for the radio station. They were looking for people to do music, news, sales, sports.”

When a play-by-play gig opened up at Rutgers, they didn’t have to ask Deal twice. “I liked to travel, and the school was picking up the tab. I got to fly on the plane with the teams. It was a dream come true.”

After Rutgers, Deal Joined the local radio station, WCTC. It was Rutgers’ flagship for sports. WCTC was the first radio station built post WWII.

“I was hired as a news guy, but I was promised the chance to climb the play-by-play ladder as time went on.”

“You have to tell a good story as an announcer. When I listen to the guys in the booth, it’s all about the stories for me. There are a lot of complaints about announcers, but they’re critical to the experience.

Deal said he makes sure he’s discussing the right angle for the story. To prepare for his shows, he listens to talk radio and sports.

“I’m trying to absorb it all so I can ask good questions. I need to know as much as the average listener.”

His show doesn’t take calls. During any 60 minutes, you will hear a range of talk from trendy stories or something that piques Deal’s interest. “In one segment, I might spend four minutes of analysis on how pro-life advocates will take their fight to the states. For the next six minutes, you’ll hear why homeowners in Boise are experiencing dropping home prices. I like to mix things up. That’s the pace we like.”

He said he does have fun doing a segment called ‘Mike Drop.’ This segment features producer Mike Gavin’s humorous but entirely true yet outlandish stories from around the world.

“It focuses on stupid criminals. That’s where we let our personalities fly, and listeners love it. It proves we’re not robots.”

“We don’t bring people into the studio. I’m outside of Princeton, New Jersey,” Deal said. “Some oil executive isn’t going to be strolling into our little studio. I’d say 90 percent of our broadcast is news. The rest is industry analysis and entertainment.”

Lots of good things have happened to Deal. Unfortunately, some memories are not so pleasant. A man might judge himself by how he treated an ailing person. In that case, Deal said he felt a strong sense of duty to his dad. In 2012, he became the New York Giants PA Announcer at MetLife Stadium.

“My father died more than a year ago,” Deal said. As close as he was to his dad, he’s said he’s holding up pretty well. “When he had his stroke, we felt we lost him that day. He struggled physically, but I think the hardest part for us was the fact he could no longer speak.”

Deal’s father was a salesman, and he lived off his ability to speak. “He could walk into a room and chat with anybody,” Deal explained. For him to lose his speech was particularly grueling. “No more stories from Dad. No more hearing about his old red-neck stories from Georgia.”

After five years of struggle, Deal said they were almost relieved when he passed. Not because they didn’t love him. They only had a shell of the man he once was.

“He was my hero,” Deal said. “I loved him. We had a country music bond between us. It was hard to see an old sales guy lose his most valued asset-his words.”

There’s a video of Deal singing with his father to work on his father’s speech therapy. “It was a Toby Keith and Willie Nelson mashup,” Deal said. “We’d piece together some songs. One of the hardest aspects was we could see him formulating a response to a question, but the words wouldn’t come out. He couldn’t muster an answer.”

His mother is still with him. “She’s as sharp as a tack, fit as a fiddle,” Deal said. He left out In Fine Fettle and Picture of Health.

Deal said his mother still works out each day. “She just came up to New Jersey from South Carolina for my daughter’s graduation from high school,” Deal said. “I had several people suggest she was my wife. She looks like she’s in her fifties. Either she looks young, or I look old.”

His father met his mom on a blind date. “Dad was one of those guys who could sell anything. He had that southern charm, one of those guys you instantly liked. People felt like they knew him for a long time. He knew how to make people feel important. Feel good.”

Just as his father used his words to make a living, his son followed in similar but vastly different footsteps.

 Deal says he tries to make himself useful when he’s not on the air.

“My son and I started playing golf together. He plays soccer at Stockton University. We have that in common. My daughter is a dancer and is off to school this fall.”

There’s a YouTube video of Deal jamming out to George Thorogood with his daughter and one of her friends in the backseat. It’s touching to see him so connected to his daughter.

“I’m into blues in general,” Deal said. “I’m not musically inclined at all. My sister was a good piano player growing up. They wanted me to play, but I got lucky. I broke my wrist. I was never so happy in my life.”

Imagine Deal’s joy if he ever breaks a leg.

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Rich Zeoli Strives to Develop a One-One Experience With Listeners

Turning on the microphone at dawn, Rich Zeoli likes to think he’s talking to one person and wants to connect with the guy driving to work, who’s still groggy.



Acting isn’t all that different from politics or functioning as a talk radio host. Rich Zeoli said Washington is full of actors–they’re just not as pretty as thespians on television or in the movies.

Zeoli caught the acting bug early. ‘Working the boards’ as a youth. He did whatever was called upon to make the character resonate.

“I wore a coconut bra in South Pacific,” Zeoli confessed. I think it’s in the Smithsonian now.”

Now that’s a guy who is dedicated to the craft.

Zeoli always wanted to be an actor (preferably roles without the coconuts.) One day he came to a stark realization of the difference between an actor and a pizza; a pizza could feed a family of four.

“It got to a point where I didn’t see a future in acting,” Zeoli said. The wannabe actor said he was too aware of the dim chances of success to make a commitment. 

“I guess I was concerned about taking a leap in such a competitive industry such as acting.”

Zeoli also tried his luck with comedy. “My father was very supportive. He drove me to the improvisational classes. I have the greatest respect for standups. I got to a point where I decided I couldn’t do that for a living.”

He may not have pursued comedy, but the guy is funny.

“I saw Bill O’Reilly at the Talkers 2022 recently. He was wearing khakis. He had his legs crossed, which revealed his socks. They ran way up on his leg. All I could think of was he looked like every dad on parent’s weekend.” 

I caught up with Zeoli while he was vacationing in Tupper Lake, New York, within the Adirondack Mountains. Just a couple of hours south of the Canadian Border.

“I just came out of the grocery store, and I think I spotted the cast of Deliverance, Zeoli jokes. “I’m supposed to be on vacation, but I can’t resist sending a tweet now and again. For the most part, I’ve shut everything else down.”

A family vacation is a chance for him to hang out on the dock with his kids and do a little fishing. “We caught some but threw them all back,” Zeoli said. “With the exception of one perch. We ate that one.”

His wife is from Tupper Lake, and Zeoli said they make the trip regularly from Philadelphia for a family reunion. “She was born here. It’s very beautiful.”

Zeoli was born on Long Island and grew up in New Jersey. 

At ten years of age, Zeoli was already interested in politics and became a student council member. He was so into politics that his friends called him Alex P. Keaton, the fictitious character on the 80s sitcom Family Ties. 

“I actually put a photo of Ronald Reagan on my desk as a joke,” Zeoli said.

“I guess I was always pretty likable,” Zeoli said. After all, he was voted best personality in 6th grade. “Girls in high school always told me I was a nice guy. Most of those relationships were in the ‘friend zone.’”

In addition to being likable, Zeoli was a member of Boys State and Boys Nation, not to be confused with the Spencer Tracy film Boys Town.

Boys State and Boys Nation is an annual forum concerning civic training, government, leadership, and Americanism that is run by the American Legion. One hundred Boys Nation senators are chosen from a pool of over 20,000 Boys State participants, making it one of the most selective educational programs in the United States. 

“I was elected governor of Jersey Boys State,” Zeoli said.

Fast forward a few years, Zeoli got a job in Governor Donald DiFrancesco’s office. “I’d been running campaigns. I was a county commissioner in New Jersey, the youngest in the state at that time.”

Yup. Alex P. Keaton.

This is where the proverbial stars began to align for Zeoli.

He reconnected with the guy he’d beaten out for governor of Boys Town, I mean, Jersey Boys State

“He got me into WPHT 1210 Philadelphia. I started doing all the shifts I could. This is really the only station where I’ve worked. I’d fill in for holidays, nights, anywhere I could. If I was up here in Tupper Lake, and they had someone unable to cover an air shift, I’d drive the seven hours to take the shift.”

He said he recalls the first air shift he had. “It was after the Super Bowl,” Zeoli said. “Everybody that called in was drunk.”

Zeoli said he took a while to find his voice, his on-air groove and persona.

“For me, it all came down to authenticity. In the early days, when the microphone came on, I thought I should behave like a talk show host. Whatever that is.”

The realization of his voice took a while to come about. “It’s all about being natural and comfortable on-air,” Zeoli said. “That’s when it started to work for me. I let my guard down. I figured people could take me as I was or leave me as I was. It wasn’t a plan for me to change the way I am for an audience.”

On his show, Zeoli said he believes it’s important to challenge the audience. 

“I’m always surprised at how many conservatives battle fellow conservatives,” he explained. “We deal with so many contentious issues, quite often, people will come at us with a very strong and vocal position.”

Turning on the microphone at dawn, Zeoli likes to think he’s talking to just one person. “Radio is such an intimate connection. I don’t know how many people are listening at any given time, but I like to envision talking to one person. I don’t like it when people come on saying, ‘Good morning, folks. How y’all doing this morning.”

Zeoli wants to connect with the guy driving to work, still groggy from sleep. “It can be a one-one experience even though I’m talking to a hundred thousand different people.”

Sometimes he’ll talk about something unique that happened in a Phillies game. Other times it could be talking about a film he saw. “I don’t like a formula or a show that’s too scripted. I always try to treat my topics with a little empathy. I’m not really into hearing someone pound on a table for four hours. I’ll react to something my producer might say.”

Zeoli said being a good talk show host is about being a good reactor. That’s why he loves radio. You don’t get that reaction on television, and that’s why he doesn’t think he’d like television. 

“Also, a good host also has a great shoulder to cry on,” Zeoli said. “I think that’s why I’m good at radio. I let the audience have a good cry on my shoulder. On the way home from work, I’ll decompress in the car, put on some music. When I’m home, I’m generally not listening to Tucker or Hannity. I will do some binge-watching, compose a tweet here and there.”

Zeoli said his childhood was pleasant. Later, the family experienced some very trying times. 

“My dad was a cop with the Port Authority in New York. He was retired when 9/11 happened. They reinstated him on recovery teams.”

Tony Zeoli was at Ground Zero pulling bodies out of the pit. Today he has all sorts of health problems as a result of that.

“Part of me is so proud of what he did,” Zeoli said. “Another part of me wishes he never had to be exposed to all those hazards. Here he is in his golden years, and he has to suffer through all these health maladies. I am grateful his grandkids will know he was a hero.”

Tony Zeoli actually wrote a book about his experiences at Ground Zero. Rising From The Ashes: The True Story of 9/11 and Recovery Team Romeo.

I asked Zeoli the most ridiculous question ever tossed for no discernible reason. A question that’s so bad it tops the list of the worst questions in a bad job interview.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

“I think I’d like to have a national audience,” Zeoli said. “I can’t say I’d be disappointed if my show was syndicated. I think I have a good style of radio presented on my show. I like to mix in fun. I’m not caustic. I can be passionate and topical without being caustic. I think what I do is important. A bigger stage would be a good thing. We need to have strong voices in this medium. Why not seek the biggest stage? It’s all about connecting, entertaining more and more people.”

If somebody disagrees with Zeoli, he said he tries not to ‘blow them up.’ 

“We should find an amicable way to disagree. The key is to disagree in an entertaining way. I don’t want my audience to think I was a jerk to a caller. They may empathize more with the caller thinking I was a jerk. They might end up.”

Zeoli loves the structure of his show. “I have a problem with teams that want to talk to each other, which tends to isolate the listener,” Zeoli said. “If I interrupt a newscast, I still have to remember there are a lot of people out there who are part of the conversation. I don’t want people to feel they are eavesdropping on a conversation. Everything has to be about the value of the audience.”

Zeoli said his main goal right now is to produce a show people want to hear, Something that’s informative and entertaining. He’s trying to create good feelings during a time when we don’t feel so good about things.

During Covid, Zeoli said he’d frequent the movie theaters to help keep them in business during those lean times. Also, during Covid, he created a kind of a man-cave. Although, his family can use it too.

“I converted my garage into a movie theater and studio,” Zeoli said. “We insulated it, put in a big screen, and made it comfortable. Part of it is a studio. When I fill in for Mark Levin, I’ll do it from my garage.”

Zeoli is a self-described movie buff. He’s recently been viewing The Offer about making The Godfather. “The movie almost wasn’t made,” Zeoli explains. “Paramount has kept the story fascinating for ten episodes. Burt Reynolds was considered for the role of Sonny Corleone, but Marlon Brando wouldn’t work with him. Zeoli said Reynolds was a better actor than most people give him credit for. “Burt was great in Boogie Nights, Deliverance, and a couple of others. We tend to associate him solely with goofy comedies with cars.”

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Jan. 6th Hearings Draws Roughly 10M Viewers Across Networks

Almost 4.5 million of those viewers tuned in on the three main cable news outlets.

Douglas Pucci



The second and third days of the hearings focused on the Jan. 6th insurrection at the Capitol took place during the week ending June 19.

For day No. 2 on Monday, June 13, approximately ten million viewers watched across several networks — about half of its opening night audience from June 9. Almost 4.5 million of those viewers tuned in on the three main cable news outlets. Unlike the many other news events of the past two years, the rankings according to their audience figures uniquely reflect the interest level by their respective channel’s typical crowd.

MSNBC, which had also topped its cable brethren on opening night, did so once again in total viewers with averaging 2.49 million from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern, as tabulated by Nielsen Media Research. The network’s two-hour prime time recap later that night (from 8-10 p.m.) drew 2.34 million viewers and 218,000 in the key 25-54 demographic, well above their normal nightly levels.

CNN (from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) posted 1.37 million. Its daytime coverage was cable’s tops among adults 25-54, with an approximate 200,000 within the demo.

Fox News was in the uncharacteristic third place spot with 960,000 total viewers from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For the hearing’s third day (on Thursday, June 16), it was cable’s same ranking order in the daytime hours: MSNBC (noon-4 p.m.) 2.61 million total viewers, CNN (11:59 a.m.-3:45 p.m.) 1.33 million and Fox News (1-4 p.m.) 743,000. Once again, MSNBC aired a recap at night (from 8-10 p.m.) which delivered 2.46 million viewers and 326,000 adults 25-54 — a close runner-up to FNC’s duo of “Carlson” and “Hannity” (2.84 million total/444,000 A25-54 average) and a far outpacing of CNN’s “AC360” and “CNN Tonight” (622,000 total/140,000 A25-54 average). 

Cable news averages for June 13-19, 2022:

Total Day (June 13-19 @ 6 a.m.-5:59 a.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 1.360 million viewers; 210,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 0.882 million viewers; 100,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.432 million viewers; 91,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.150 million viewers; 47,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.138 million viewers; 32,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.130 million viewers; 13,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.115 million viewers; 22,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.113 million viewers; 14,000 adults 25-54

Prime Time (June 13-18 @ 8-11 p.m.; June 19 @ 7-11 p.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 2.198 million viewers; 315,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 1.423 million viewers; 149,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.504 million viewers; 118,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.182 million viewers; 63,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.182 million viewers; 65,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.160 million viewers; 27,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.141 million viewers; 17,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.067 million viewers; 8,000 adults 25-54
  • NewsNation: 0.049 million viewers; 6,000 adults 25-54

Top 10 most-watched cable news programs in total viewers:

1. The Five (Fox News Channel, Tue. 6/14/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.351 million viewers

2. The Five (Fox News Channel, Mon. 6/13/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.295 million viewers

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (Fox News Channel, Tue. 6/14/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.268 million viewers

4. Tucker Carlson Tonight (Fox News Channel, Mon. 6/13/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.200 million viewers

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (Fox News Channel, Wed. 6/15/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.062 million viewers

6. Tucker Carlson Tonight (Fox News Channel, Thu. 6/16/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.013 million viewers

7. The Five (Fox News Channel, Thu. 6/16/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.006 million viewers

8. The Five (Fox News Channel, Wed. 6/15/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.998 million viewers

9. January 6th Hearings: Day Two Hearing (MSNBC, Mon. 6/13/2022 10:45 AM, 126 min.) 2.971 million viewers

10. January 6th Hearings: Day Three Hearings (MSNBC, Thu. 6/16/2022 1:01 PM, 165 min.) 2.964 million viewers

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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