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FNC Tops Cable's Comey Coverage

Fox News Channel won the cable ratings race around fired FBI director James Comey’s testimony in the Senate Thursday (June 8), with 3.1 million total viewers, just ahead of CNN’s 3.06 million. MSNBC drew 2.74 million viewers.

ABC topped all networks airing the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing live, pulling in 3.3 million total viewers, just barely beating CBS’s 3.29 million, while NBC was at 2.72 million. Univision had 624,000 total viewers.

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Comey answered questions from the committee about his interactions with President Trump. Special coverage aired from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

Cable news network CNN took the race among viewers 25-54, drawing 1.02 million of them, ahead of NBC’s 859,000; ABC’s 854,000; CBS’s 784,000; MSNBC's 633,000; FNC's 600,000; and Univision's 258,000.

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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.