13.8 million tuned in for first day of impeachment proceedings, with Fox and ABC sharing key wins
13.8 million Americans watched the first public impeachment hearing Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2019, according to Nielsen data reported by Deadline.
- According to Nielsen, 13,098,000 Americans tuned into the hearing, which ran from approximately 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. eastern.
- If you add in Telemundo, PBS, CNN en Español and a tape delay broadcast on HLN, the number climbs to the 13.8 million mark.
- Fox’s cable channel came out on top with 2.9 million viewers, though it was second in the adult 25-54 demo at 442,000.
- ABC won the demo with 496,000, though it’s worth noting its coverage started at about 9:50 a.m.
- MSNBC had 2.7 million, ABC 2 million and CBS 1.9 million.
- CNN came in fourth with 1.85 million and NBC was last among the broadcast networks at 1.7 million (though much of the coverage that aired on NBC also aired on MSNBC at the same time).
- Fox’s broadcast network offered a feed to affiliates, though many opted out of it, including stations in many major U.S. markets.
- The estimates do not include C-SPAN viewership — or any streaming.