More than 20 million individuals viewed Kavanaugh hearing

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Tom Williams/pool image/ AP Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., points as Democrats as he safeguards Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018|4:14 p.m.

New York City– More than 20 million people viewed Thursday’s gripping testimony by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the lady who accused him of a sexual assault that supposedly happened in the 1980s, Christine Blasey Ford, on six tv networks.

Meanwhile, the political standoff continued, with broadcasters disrupting routine programs for Friday’s last-minute twist: an arrangement engineered by Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake for the FBI to conduct a one-week investigation of the charges.

Ford informed the Senate Judiciary Committee that she’s 100 percent particular that Kavanaugh searched her drunkenly and tried to remove her clothing at a high school party. Kavanaugh, in impassioned testament, stated he’s One Hundred Percent certain that it didn’t take place.

It’s likely that more than the 20.4 million people reported by Nielsen on Friday viewed it. The business was counting typical viewership on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. Figures weren’t instantly readily available for other networks that revealed it, consisting of PBS, C-SPAN and the Fox Service Network. And Nielsen usually has some difficulty measuring individuals who watch in workplaces.

To put that in viewpoint, that’s an audience size just like that for a playoff football game or the Academy Awards.

Fox News Channel, whose viewpoint hosts have highly backed Kavanaugh’s appointment, led all networks with approximately 5.69 million audiences throughout the all-day hearing, Nielsen said.

ABC was 2nd with 3.26 million audiences. CBS had 3.1 million, NBC had 2.94 million, MSNBC had 2.89 million and CNN had 2.52 million, Nielsen stated.

Interest remained high after the hearing. Nielsen said 11.8 million people enjoyed cable television programs hosted by Sean Hannity, Rachel Maddow or Chris Cuomo at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, which likely put a dent in viewership for the fall premieres of broadcast network prime-time programs.

Flake was the main figure in Friday’s drama. After the moderate Republican’s office provided a declaration that he would be voting in favor of Kavanaugh, he was caught be CNN and CBS electronic cameras Friday early morning being shouted at by protesters as he attempted to ride an elevator to a Judiciary Committee hearing.

He stood with eyes downcast for several minutes as he was berated, telecasted live on CNN. “I’m standing here in front of you,” one woman said. “Do you believe he’s informing the reality to the country?”

He was informed, “you have power when so many ladies are helpless.”

Flake said that his office had released a declaration and stated, before the elevator closed, that he would have more to state at the committee hearing.

The cable and broadcast networks were all covering live hours later on, when the Judiciary Committee was to vote to advance Kavanaugh’s election to the full Senate for a vote. But Flake stated he would only do so with the understanding that the FBI would check out the allegations versus the candidate for the next week, which minority Democrats have actually been advising.

Flake’s words had power, because it appeared Republicans would not have the votes to authorize Kavanaugh without the investigation.

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