Alex Jones interview draws 3.5 million viewers

Kelly raked in a puny 3.53 million viewers.

Megyn Kelly's deeply controversial interview with Alex Jones aired Sunday night-and although a sizable chunk of her Sunday Night segment on Jones and his Infowars media operation was devoted to explaining why NBC would give airtime to a man who has claimed the Sandy Hook mass shooting was a hoax, some critics were unconvinced.

The best approach was to call him out on all of them, and in the process, make him look ridiculous.

SUNDAY NIGHT WITH MEGYN KELLY (0.5/3 in 18-49, 0.7 in 25-54, 3.5 million viewers overall from 7-8 p.m. ET) delivered bigger audiences than CBS' "60 Minutes" encore in adults 18-49 (666,000 viewers vs. 618,000, +8%) and adults 25-54 (888,000 vs. 864,000, +3%). Way to go, Megyn.

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Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview was more uneventful than its actual content previously suggested.

"Ninety-five percent of what we cover is looking at a news article and then, you know, discussing it", Jones said to her at one point.

Just how much of a dent the preemption made in the viewership is not yet known as of this writing.

Answered Kelly: "Of course, there is no evidence on the other side". There's just Jones glancing at an article and/or its headline and then espousing on it with opinions based on no facts whatsoever.

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Variety was even less enthusiastic, calling it pointless.

This was the ostensible point of this story all along.

Not surprisingly, Jones proved hard to pin down, expressing ambivalence or seeking to deflect responsibility for certain views without renouncing them. "Megyn Kelly exposes fringe figure President Trump apparently adores". "The package's heat was sparked only by Kelly's skeptical challenges - largely sidestepped by a stammering, sweaty Jones - and cutaways to Kelly's disapproving facial expressions". The two frequently interrupted each other as Kelly kept asking if he would admit to his wrongdoing and a visibly tense Jones kept deflecting her questions, blaming the media for distorting his remarks or veering between acknowledging and disputing the tragedy. Because ahead of the interview, Jones actually sent his condolences to the parents of the Sandy Hook victims - whom he previously claimed were "crisis actors" - in a surprising Father's Day video confessional.

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