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Comey testimony averages 19.5 million viewers

Former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before Congress drew a large daytime audience across 10 networks.

Comey, who was fired by President Trump on May 9, spoke before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on June 8. Coverage of Comey's testimony averaged a 14.1 rating and 19.5 million viewers on 10 networks from 10 a.m. ET to 1 p.m. ET, according to live, same-day data from Nielsen Holdings.

A breakdown shows that 1.3 million persons between ages 18 to 34 watched the proceedings, which garnered 4.3 million viewers among those 35 to 54, and 13.2 million 55 and over.

The audience for the Comey testimony, which does not include those who viewed it online, on mobile devices or at bars/restaurants, was well below the 20.1 rating and 30.6 million viewers who watched the inauguration activities and swearing in of President Donald Trump on Jan. 20 across 12 networks from 10 a.m. ET to 6 p.m. ET. But it nearly matched the viewership for Game 3 of the NBA Finals, which drew 20.5 million viewers, according to the NBA.

CBS (US), NBC (US), ABC (US), Telemundo (US), Univision (US), FOX News Channel (US), CNN (US), MSNBC (US), HLN (US) and FOX Business Network (US) broadcast the Comey testimony.