Former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Mueller hearing reaches just under 13 million viewers

July 25, 2019 - 2:46 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 13 million people watched former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before two House committees on the three biggest broadcast and cable news networks.

The Nielsen company says Mueller's audience on Wednesday was smaller than it was for well-publicized hearings involving three other Trump-era figures: former FBI director James Comey, Trump attorney Michael Cohen and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The midsummer timing may have held down viewership for the Mueller hearings. It also wasn't very dramatic TV, with Mueller often giving one-word replies or not answering questions from lawmakers.

Fox News Channel, with 3.03 million viewers, topped all the networks.