US Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview a ratings flop

23:42  19 june  2017
23:42  19 june  2017 Source:   The Hill

NBC executive defends Megyn Kelly interview with Alex Jones

  NBC executive defends Megyn Kelly interview with Alex Jones Liz Cole, the executive producer of Megyn Kelly's Sunday night NBC News show, said people should wait to judge Kelly's interview with Alex Jones until it airs this weekend. Kelly is facing backlash for the upcoming interview with InfoWars host Alex Jones, a noted conspiracy theorist who believes the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax and says 9/11 was an inside job."He's a controversial figure for sure, but as journalists it's our job to interview newsmakers and people of influence no matter how abhorrent their views may be," Cole told CNN's Dylan Byers in a Monday night exclusive.

Megyn Kelly interviewed conspiracy theorist slug Alex Jones on her show Sunday night. It turns out many people didn’t want to watch this interview in the same way many people didn’t want to watch her interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. I’m glad the ratings were bad.

Megyn Kelly ' s controversial interview with Alex Jones ended up a distant third in the network ratings race during its first half hour on Sunday night. According to early Nielsen data, the first 30 minutes NBC's "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly " was easily beaten by Fox's U.S

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Megyn Kelly's controversial interview with Alex Jones on NBC ended up a distant third in the network ratings race during its first half hour on Sunday night.

According to Nielsen Media Research, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" brought in an average of 3.5 million viewers, marking the fewest viewers the show has drawn since debuting on June 4.

Kelly's news magazine trailed both a repeat episode of CBS's "60 Minutes," which delivered 5.3 million viewers, and U.S. Open golf coverage on Fox, which was the highest-rated program in the 7:00 p.m. ET timeslot.

Among the key 18 to 49-year-old demographic that advertisers covet most, a re-run of ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" beat Kelly and "60 Minutes" by almost 40 percent.

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Megyn Kelly ' s controversial interview with Alex Jones ended up a distant third in the network ratings race during its first half hour on Sunday night. According to early Nielsen data, the first 30 minutes NBC's "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly " was easily beaten by Fox's U.S

For all of the back-and-forth and ugliness, in the end, the ratings for Megyn Kelly ’ s big Alex Jones interview ended up being as tepid as the interview itself. It seems like a lot of headache on NBC’s part for very little return, and unfortunately for Kelly , the ratings flop apparently seems to be part of a

Kelly's program has been declining week-over-week from a rating perspective since launching three weeks ago with an episode featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin that registered an average of 6.2 million viewers.

Kelly's interview with Jones, a conspiracy theorist and radio host, was criticized in some circles, including by families of the Sandy Hook shooting massacre that left 20 young children and six adults dead, in the days leading up to the broadcast. Jones has described the shooting as a hoax.

Sponsors including J.P. Morgan Chase pulled their ads on the program as families in Newtown, Conn. implored Kelly to pull the interview.

--This report was updated at 1:24 p.m.

Alex Jones releases more secretly taped Megyn Kelly audio; NBC responds .
Alex Jones released more pre-interview audio of Megyn Kelly late Thursday night and early Friday that includes the NBC News host saying Jones "became very fascinating" to her while separately assuring him the interview won't be "some kind of gotcha piece.""The reason you are interesting to me is because I followed your custody case, and I think you had a very good point about how the media was covering it and for some reason treated you and your family and what was going on as fair game when they never would have done that if you were a mainstream media figure," said Kelly, a former Fox News host, to Jones.

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