Alex Jones interview draws 3.5 million viewers

Alex Jones interview draws 3.5 million viewers

Alex Jones interview draws 3.5 million viewers

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The publicity and uproar in the days before Sunday's broadcast of Megyn Kelly's interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones didn't translate into ratings.

Connecticut's NBC affiliate, WVIT, broke with the network last night by refusing to run Megyn Kelly's interview with Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist who claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a staged event created to promote tougher gun control laws.

Jones, among other claims, has called the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a hoax. But he continued to express doubts, saying that he looked at footage of children leaving the building and thought it looked like a "drill".

With all the added attention, though, the broadcast of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" still couldn't beat an old episode of "America's Funniest Home Videos" in the 18-49 demographic.

Prior to the interview, Kelly released a statement on Twitter June 13 explaining the importance of airing her conversation with Jones.

Kelly's report on Jones revealed his editorial process, or lack thereof, in which he would gather a collection of news reports from the Internet, read them on air and then opine in realtime. 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". 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.

Lawyers who represent 12 people who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook urged NBC News officials not to air the interview. Relatives of some of the victims also spoke in the Sunday segment on NBC.

"Kelly's segment throughout the week and have gambled millions of dollars on her success".

Kelly's old employer needled her over the weekend, sending a tweet headlined "Megyn Kelly and Alex Jones: NBC News under fire for "botched" rollout".

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