Love or hate Trump or Comey, they're great for TV ratings


Former FBI Director James Comey's Senate testimony Thursday attracted more than 100 million viewers as he detailed conversations with President Donald Trump and discussed the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Reached by phone Saturday morning about an interview, the father of former FBI Director James Comey expressed a willingness to speak to a CNN reporter. About 3.104 million viewers watched Fox News' coverage of Thursday's hearing to CNN's 3.059 million and MSNBC's 2.737 million, according to its data.

Of the three cable news networks, Fox News Channel drew the most viewers, about 3.096 million, beating out NBC.

Football's Super Bowl, traditionally the year's most-watched US television broadcast, attracted 111 million viewers in February.

Trump will be pleased to know Comey's TV tally did not match the 31M viewers Nielsen clocked for Trump's inauguration, nor the 48M who tuned in to watch Trump's first Address to the Joint Session of Congress.

The major outlets divided Thursday's audience up fairly evenly, with leader ABC's 3.295 million viewers followed closely by CBS with 3.286 million. Comey said his dad would not actually be speaking to the media today, though Lee pressed him for a reaction to the aftermath of his testimony before the Senate.