At least 18 million people watched former FBI director James Comey’s dramatic testimony on Thursday about his dealings with President Donald Trump, according to preliminary ratings information from TV networks.
U.S. broadcast networks interrupted regular programing to air live coverage of Comey’s more than two hours of remarks before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Early Nielsen data showed that 18.2 million people tuned in to the hearing on six broadcast and cable television networks. Updated figures with additional channels were expected to be released later on Friday.
Football’s Super Bowl, traditionally the year’s most-watched U.S. television broadcast, attracted 111 million viewers in February. Trump’s inauguration in January drew an audience of nearly 31 million.