Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones interview got lower ratings than a rerun of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’
It turns out no one really cared about Megyn Kelly’s much ballyhooed and protested interview with conspiracy nut Alex Jones after all. The Sunday night broadcast got beat in the ratings among the coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic by a rerun of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” which apparently is still on TV. Now there’s some hot news!
About 3.5 million people watched “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly,” according to Deadline. By comparison, CBS’s “60 Minutes” got about 5.31 million viewers. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” on ABC, which is basically YouTube The TV Show, beat both shows in the 18-49 year old demo by about 40 percent, according to CNN.
Kelly battled criticism over the interview before it aired because Jones traffics in the kind of conspiracies that have degraded public discourse to the point where people believe any nonsense they read on the internet. He’s most despised for pushing the idea that the Sandy Hook shooting that killed 20 children was some sort of government backed false flag using child actors. Kelly defended it saying Jones is a popular figure who has the ear of the president. Variety reports that advertisers seemed wary of backing the show; a Connecticut NBC affiliate refused to air it.
But the interview itself actually gained some praise: Politico’s Jack Shafer said she nailed Jones to the wall, and that the campaign against her interview was not a good look for journalism overall:
“Short of waterboarding him, I don’t know what more Kelly could have done to expose Jones’ dark methods,” Shafer wrote. “…Surely it makes more sense to deal straight on with tin-pots like Jones than cover our eyes and ears in hopes he’ll vanish by himself.”
Maybe the ratings were hurt by the pre-airing publicity, maybe Jones’ audio leak of the interview had an effect. Or maybe in these dark times, people just want to watch grainy home videos of people doing mildly funny things instead. Maybe Trump should watch some of these instead of listening to Alex Jones from now on: