Megyn Kelly Interview With Alex Jones attracts 3.5 Million Viewers

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Megyn Kelly and NBC generated a wave of criticism for airing an interview with Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist.

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It apparently wasn’t must-see TV.

Despite days of controversy leading up to it, “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly,” which featured an interview with the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, earned just 3.5 million viewers, the lowest total of its three-week run.

About Interview
An interview is a conversation where questions are asked and answers are given. In common parlance, the word “interview” refers to a one-on-one conversation with one person acting in the role of the interviewer and the other in the role of the interviewee. The interviewer asks questions, the interviewee responds, with participants taking turns talking. Interviews usually involve a transfer of information from interviewee to interviewer, which is usually the primary purpose of the interview, although information transfers can happen in both directions simultaneously. One can contrast an interview which involves bi-directional communication with a one-way flow of information, such as a speech or oration.
Interviews usually take place face to face and in person, although modern communications technologies such as the Internet have enabled conversations to happen in which parties are separated geographically, such as with videoconferencing software, and of course telephone interviews can happen without visual contact. Interviews almost always involve spoken conversation between two or more parties, although in some instances a “conversation” can happen between two persons who type questions and answers back and forth. Interviews can range from unstructured or free-wheeling and open-ended conversations in which there is no predetermined plan with prearranged questions, to highly structured conversations in which specific questions occur in a specified order. They can follow diverse formats; for example, in a ladder interview, a respondent’s answers typically guide subsequent interviews, with the object being to explore a respondent’s subconscious motives. Typically the interviewer has some way of recording the information that is gleaned from the interviewee, often by writing with a pencil and paper, sometimes transcribing with a video or audio recorder, depending on the context and extent of information and the length of the interview. Interviews have a duration in time, in the sense that the interview has a beginning and an ending.

Megyn Kelly Interview With Alex Jones Draws 3.5 Million Viewers

About Million
One million (1,000,000) or one thousand thousand is the natural number following 999,999 and preceding 1,000,001. The word is derived from the early Italian millione (milione in modern Italian), from mille, “thousand”, plus the augmentative suffix -one. It is commonly abbreviated as m (not to be confused with the metric prefix for 1×10−3) or M; further MM (“thousand thousands”, from Latin “Mille”; not to be confused with the Roman numeral MM = 2,000), mm, or mn in financial contexts.
In scientific notation, it is written as 1×106 or 106. Physical quantities can also be expressed using the SI prefix mega (M), when dealing with SI units; for example, 1 megawatt (1 MW) equals 1,000,000 watts.
The meaning of the word “million” is common to the short scale and long scale numbering systems, unlike the larger numbers, which have different names in the two systems.
The million is sometimes used in the English language as a metaphor for a very large number, as in “Not in a million years” and “You’re one in a million”, or a hyperbole, as in “I’ve walked a million miles” and “You’ve asked the million-dollar question”.

The show had 1.3 million fewer viewers than a repeat of “60 Minutes” and a slightly smaller audience than ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” The show was up against coverage of the final round of the U.S. Open on Fox, which had about six million viewers in its final hour, according to early Nielsen figures.

In the 25-to-54-year-old demographic important to advertisers, Ms. Kelly’s newsmagazine show tied “60 Minutes” with a 0.7 rating.

Megyn Kelly Interview With Alex Jones Draws 3.5 Million Viewers

Ms. Kelly and generated a wave of criticism last week for even airing the segment with Mr. Jones, who has called the Sandy Hook school massacre a hoax. She defended the interview as important journalism, citing the growing size of Mr. Jones’s audience and his influence with President Trump.

Ms. Kelly’s premiere episode, which featured an interview with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, had 6.1 million viewers.