It also picked up an additional 650,000 viewers when including the debate’s other available platforms like Peacock, NBC News Now, and NBCNews.com.
It achieved its most-watched week in eight months as coverage of the Israel-Hamas war continued.
Not far behind was ABC which interrupted regular programming from 1:49-2:03 PM.
The 18–minute address from Biden aired across eleven networks at the start of prime time. Combined, it drew 22.6 million total viewers.
One big caveat to these declines is that April 2023 was a highly newsworthy month that featured Donald Trump‘s first indictment and arraignment.
All of the major cable news stations rose in coverage of the historic occurrence.
It was still, by far, TV's most-watched program in prime time.
The first edition of the show hosted by Kristen Welker was highly criticized by observers for her interview of current GOP presidential candidate frontrunner Donald Trump.
Fox News Channel led in live press conference coverage, according to Nielsen Media Research.
For the first time in a case against former President Donald Trump, there were cameras in the courtroom.