Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony set a January daytime audience record. 6 rumor

More than 13 million Americans tuned in to watch. dramatic testimony from a former White House aide this week. The last Committee 6 hearing was the second most attended so far.

The Tuesday afternoon hearing, announced by the committee just a day before the scheduled date, was attended by Cassidy Hutchinson, who worked as an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Her testimony attracted 13,231,000 viewers across all major networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC. Nielsen rating data. This number exceeded the previous four hearings, which each attracted 10 to 11 million viewers. Jan 1st 6 hearings, which were broadcast in prime time on June 9, attracted about 20 million viewers.

While the numbers show that millions of people are watching, it’s not yet clear how many Americans will end up tuning in to us – hearings should continue in July – or what conclusions they’ll draw.

In 1954 about 80 million Americans (out of a much smaller U.S. population of about 169 million) a series of hearings followed that led to the senator’s communist hunt. The fall of Joseph McCarthy. According to the data, about 3 out of 4 American households watched at least part of the 1973 Watergate hearings. Nielsen estimates.

Although the majority of Americans – 58% – say they follow the news about the work of Jan. 6, only 26% follow him very closely, according to a survey published last week Quinnipiak University. About 40% of Americans report that Jan. 6 attacks greatly affected their outlook, Political Morning Consult poll found.

According to one of the leading Democratic pollsters, the influence of the hearings is still growing.

“Support for hearings has increased over time,” Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research Partners, told reporters during a press conference on Thursday. “And what comes out very, very strongly from the hearings is not just [former President] Trump was in charge, but there was a faction of Republicans, Trump Republicans, who were also in charge. And that it was about the abolition of the will of the people, the abolition of the elections. And people take it very, very seriously.”

Lake said that, according to her research, 80% of Americans want to prosecute those involved in the January attack. 6 violence, including elected officials. According to her, the hearings may also affect how Americans will vote in the upcoming elections.

“There is an evolving narrative. People see it as a crime, but they also see it as a criminal conspiracy,” she said. “They demand accountability, and they take what they call accountability very seriously.

“And we’re seeing these numbers increase quite dramatically over the course of hearings, including with independents who traditionally don’t pay much attention.”

Times Staff Writer Arith John contributed to this report.