Greater than 18 million individuals tuned in to cable and broadcast networks for the studying of the decision within the Derek Chauvin homicide trial on Tuesday, an enormous viewership whole for a late afternoon, in response to preliminary information from Nielsen.
A median of 4 million individuals watched CNN from 4:30 p.m. to six:30 p.m., greater than double the variety of viewers the community drew the day past in the identical time slot, in response to Nielsen. One other 4 million watched on ABC, and three.4 million noticed it on Fox Information. MSNBC and CBS every had about three million viewers.
NBC’s viewership totals weren’t but obtainable, which suggests the decision was seemingly seen on tv by an viewers of greater than 20 million. And since Nielsen’s numbers don’t embody individuals who watched the proceedings on their telephones or laptops, the overall quantity of people that watched was definitely even greater than that.
Viewer curiosity was sturdy all through the three-week trial of Mr. Chauvin, the previous Minneapolis police officer who murdered George Floyd final Might. On a number of days, CNN had extra viewers throughout key parts of the trial within the afternoon than it did in prime time, often its most watched hours.
CNN’s sibling community, HLN, which coated everything of the trial, had its highest scores since its protection of the George Zimmerman trial in 2013. Mr. Zimmerman was the neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenager.