Alex Jones interview draws 3.5 million viewers

Alex Jones interview draws 3.5 million viewers

Megyn Kelly's deeply controversial interview with Alex Jones aired Sunday night-and although a sizable chunk of her Sunday Night segment on Jones and his Infowars media operation was devoted to explaining why NBC would give airtime to a man who has claimed the Sandy Hook mass shooting was a hoax, some critics were unconvinced. Deadline reports that per early ratings reports, 3.5 million people watched the episode of Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, making it the lowest viewership her new Sunday show has received in its short run.

Relatives of the shooting victims have called Jones' comments hurtful and said he has encourage people to harass them.

Nelba Márquez-Greene, whose daughter was killed in the shooting and has been openly critical of Kelly leading up to the interview, spent the evening at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut.

In the news demo, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly clocked a 0.7 rating, also her smallest stats yet for Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.

Infowars founder Jones leaked exclusive audio of his interview with Kelly prior to the airing of the episode, creating a wave of criticism against both parties. In an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press, NBC Connecticut staff members were told station executives made the decision after listening to concerns from employees, Sandy Hook families and viewers and considering "the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal".

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Those numbers were practically even with last week's episode, in which Kelly interviewed Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews, and down sharply from her June 4 debut episode, which featured an interview with Russian president Vladimir Puttin and drew 6.1 million viewers.

Why do we say that?

Setting the cautionary aspects of dealing with such a personality aside, "Sunday Night" can only be judged by what made it onto the screen, which began with Kelly promising to "confront [Jones] on his notorious lie about the Sandy Hook massacre".

Instead, the public got wind of Kelly's intention to interview this guy and figured she would be granting him an opportunity to issues his outrageous opinions unchallenged.

Of course, what Kelly was clearly demonstrating was that there is no vetting process. Kelly wrote of her battles with Trump and Ailes in her best-selling memoir from 2016, "Settle for More".

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