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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., June 8) -- Fox News Channel is top venue for The Comey Show

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Fired former FBI director James Comey’s public testimony Thursday morning drew blanket live coverage on the Big Four broadcast networks and cable’s trio of newsers.

The Comey Show, as it was dubbed, aired from 9 a.m. to noon (central time) before non-stop slicing/dicing kicked in on CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. FNC drew the most D-FW viewers and MSNBC the fewest during Comey’s three-hour appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Here’s the 9 a.m. to noon ratings breakdown in total viewers, with workplaces, bars, etc. not included in the Nielsen Media Research measurements:

FNC -- 87,253
CBS/NBC -- 72,711 apiece
ABC/Fox/CNN -- 58,169 apiece
MSNBC -- 21,813

Hand-held calculator technology says that’s a grand total of 428,995 viewers. Wednesday night’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals drew 450,808 total viewers on ABC alone.

In Thursday’s prime-time Nielsens, CBS’ 7 p.m. repeat of The Big Bang Theory topped all TV attractions with 196,320 viewers. ABC’s 8 p.m. hour of Celebrity Family Feud led among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds with 51,314.

NBC’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, a 6-0 rout by the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Nashville Predators, averaged 101,795 total viewers, with 48,107 in the 18-to-49 realm.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby results.

TEGNA8 won at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and TEGNA8 did likewise at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. firsts went to NBC5 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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