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Fox News Channel is airing the Jan. 6 committee hearings when they occur during daytime hours, and ratings show that a striking number of their viewers are tuning it out. Nielsen figures show the extent to which Fox viewers leave the network when the hearings come on, then return when Fox's regular programming resumes. Fox generally has more viewers than MSNBC and CNN combined during a typical day, but the viewing patterns are flipped during the hearings. Nielsen says CNN and MSNBC's viewer figures go up during the hearings, which have also been shown on broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC.

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The Nielsen company says the NBA Finals series between two stories franchises reached 24% more viewers than the 2021 Finals. Nearly 14 million people watched the Golden State Warriors clinch its fourth championship since 2015 with a Game 6 victory over the Boston Celtics, the franchise with the most NBA titles overall. The series as a whole averaged 12.3 million viewers, beating the 9.91 million who watched 2021's Milwaukee-Phoenix series. The first game of hockey's Stanley Cup Finals between Colorado and Tampa Bay was seen by 4.2 million people. All of these sports events were seen on ABC, leading the network to an easy win in the weekly ratings.

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Stephen Colbert says that his staff members arrested at a congressional office building last week were guilty of ‘first-degree puppetry.’ His ‘Late Show’ monologue Monday was his first time addressing  the Thursday incident. U.S. Capitol Police detained comics including the voice of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Meanwhile, Fox News Channel has embraced the story, with Tucker Carlson saying in a tongue-in-cheek monologue that last Thursday joins “the pantheon of tragic turning points in human history.” Colbert said anyone drawing equivalence between the two events are insulting the memory of people who died in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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Nielsen numbers tell us how many people watched live coverage of the Jan. 6 committee hearings — 20 million the first night, 11 million the second and nearly 9 million for the third. Yet those traditional yardsticks don't begin to account for the true impact of what is being said. Memorable moments from each hearing are sliced for quick consumption online, and on television news and comedy shows — almost certainly reaching a larger audience than watched them originally, and sealing them in the public memory. Liz Cheney's prediction, a previously little-known breakout star and Rudy Giuliani's alcohol intake stand out so far.

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Incarcerated lawyer Michael Avenatti has pleaded guilty to four counts of wire fraud and a tax-related charge in a Southern California federal court case accusing him of cheating his clients out of millions of dollars. Avenatti made the plea during a court hearing Thursday in Santa Ana. The 51-year-old lawyer said earlier this week that although he didn’t reach a deal with federal prosecutors he wanted to change his plea to be accountable and spare his family further embarrassment. Avenatti is serving five years in prison in a federal facility in California for convictions in two cases in New York.

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ABC took home the crown as television's top-rated network last week behind two games of the NBA Finals series between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics. The network's news division also won bragging rights for the most-watched coverage of last week's prime-time hearing by the committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The Tony Awards reached 4.22 million viewers on CBS Sunday, in a Broadway bounce-back for CBS. The Nielsen company says last year's show, which took place just as Broadway productions were returning from their pandemic pause, was seen by 2.75 million people.

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This image released by NBC News shows journalist Savannah Guthrie, right, during an exclusive interview with actor Amber Heard, airing Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15 on NBC's "Today" show and Friday, June 17 on "Dateline NBC." (NBC News via AP)