Even the crescendo of the Donald Trump/Megyn Kelly feud can’t make Americans tear its collective eyes away from either The Voice or our most cherished national pastime, NCIS.
According to the New York Times:
The debut of “Megyn Kelly Presents” drew an average of 4.8 million viewers, according to early Nielsen figures, a respectable number for a prime-time special but less than the audience for, say, one of this presidential campaign’s punchy debates. The first quarter-hour, when Mr. Trump was featured, drew an average of 5.2 million viewers, Fox said on Wednesday.
News programming rarely outpaces entertainment, and Ms. Kelly’s Fox special, trumpeted as her Barbara Walters moment, did not buck that trend. It faced stiff competition in the 8 p.m. time slot: the finale of “NCIS,” the long-running CBS procedural that is a reliable ratings magnet, drew 17.6 million viewers; “The Voice” on NBC attracted about 8.9 million. “Fresh Off the Boat,” the ABC sitcom, fell short of Ms. Kelly’s special, but not by much, with 4.2 million viewers.
America loves NCIS even more than Donald Trump loves inflammatory rhetoric.