Day 2 impeachment ratings drop by more than 1 million from first day

Day 2 impeachment ratings drop by more than 1 million from first day
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Viewership fell by more than 1 million for Friday's televised impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill compared to the first day of public testimony.

Nielsen Media Research data showed 12.7 million people tuning in to the second day of the impeachment hearings across ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC. 

Fox News led the way with an average 2.8 million total viewers from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. MSNBC was second with 2.7 total million viewers, while CBS was third with 2 million. ABC placed fourth with 1.93 million, NBC fifth with 1.83 million and CNN sixth with 1.615 million.

The number of viewers was less than the 13.8 million viewers who tuned in on the first day of impeachment hearings on Wednesday, per Nielsen.

William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and State Department official George Kent testified on the first day, while former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchHouse Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't Giuliani: 'I'd love to be a witness' at Senate impeachment trial Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial MORE spoke on the second.

The 12.7 million who tuned in Friday marks a 35 percent drop from the number of people who watched former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyNYT: Justice investigating alleged Comey leak of years-old classified info Bernie-Hillary echoes seen in Biden-Sanders primary fight Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' MORE’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2017, which delivered more than 19.5 million viewers.

In February, former Trump personal attorney and fixer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenJuan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump Treasury adviser pleads guilty to making unauthorized disclosures in case involving Manafort Michael Cohen calls for early release from prison MORE's testimony delivered 15.8 million viewers, while 13 million tuned in to see former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees in July.

Impeachment hearings for President Nixon in 1973 were also covered live on a rotating basis by the major broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC, while PBS carried the proceedings wall-to-wall for more than 250 hours.

According to Gallup, 71 percent of Americans watched the Nixon impeachment hearings live.