Mueller Hearing Averages 13 Million Viewers

The 7 1/2 hours of hearings, from 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. ET, drew an average of just under 13 million viewers (12.98 million) spread across ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Fox News led the field for Wednesday’s coverage with an average of just over 3 million viewers. MSNBC placed with 2.41 million.

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

The Mueller Show: The Blockbuster That Wasn’t

Robert Mueller’s much heralded appearance before Congress yesterday not the blockbuster Democrats had sought nor was Mueller the action star they had cast. Dignified but shaky, and at times struggling to keep up, he largely stuck to “yes” and “no” and “refer you to the report” answers, steadfastly refusing to dramatize his conclusions as President Trump’s critics wanted him to do.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Robert Mueller, Caught In The Spotlight

On Fox News, in words that would soon be hailed by President Trump’s Twitter feed, the political anchor Chris Wallace laid down a brutal verdict: “This has been a disaster for the Democrats, and a disaster for the reputation of Robert Mueller.”

Media Has Second Chance On Mueller Coverage

The media will have a rare second shot at covering Robert Mueller’s findings when the former special counsel testifies before Congress this week, Margaret Sullivan argues. When they do, she says, they’ll need to wrest the narrative back from Attorney General William Barr’s rendering of Mueller’s conclusions and instead “substitute a well-rendered portrait of a subject that could hardly be more important to the country.”

Nets Ready For Mueller Week

The big three networks already plan to scrap their regular coverage and cover Robert Mueller’s Congressional hearings live later this week, not to mention the wall to wall coverage cable nets are preparing.

OOH TV Viewing Of Mueller’s Live TV Statement Soars

Wednesday’s surprise live TV statement of Department of Justice’s Special counsel Robert Mueller rocketed out-of-home TV viewing by 130% over normal levels, attracting 4 million OOH viewers at its peak time.

Mueller Remarks Get Wall-To-Wall Coverage

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s comments Thursday were covered with fanfare. ABC, CBS and NBC broke into regular programming to cover the appearance live, and Fox offered a feed to local affiliates. Cable news outlets including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC offered extensive analysis.

MSNBC Faces Life After Mueller

NEWS ANALYSIS

Journalists Weren’t Part Of A Conspiracy. They Were Doing Their Jobs

Hannity, Other Fox News Hosts Rage At Democrats, Media Over Mueller Report

Sean Hannity was in no mood to celebrate the news that the special counsel did not find coordination between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election. Instead, he was infuriated. There was no collusion, no obstruction, no conspiracy, he said, just as he had been telling his audience all along.

Post-Mueller, News Media Leaders Defend Their Work

“Our job is to bring facts to light,” said Martin Baron, editor of The Washington Post. “Others make determinations about prosecutable criminal offenses.”

Media Takes Heat Following Mueller Conclusions

Motivated by the typical soul-searching that can accompany the climax of a major story, or simple revenge, the performance of news professionals quickly became an issue following Mueller’s conclusion that he could find no evidence of a conspiracy by President Donald Trump and his campaign team to work with the Russians to influence the 2016 election.

Cable Viewers Digest Mueller News

The diametrically opposed opinion hosts — Sean Hannity of Fox News and Rachael Madow of MSNBC — who vie for the distinction of the most popular in cable news, were the windows through which many Americans digested Friday’s news that special counsel Robert Mueller had concluded a nearly two-year investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election. While his report, or even a summary, has not been released, television news still had hours to fill talking about it.

Mueller Probe Has Focus On Social Media

Russia’s effort to influence U.S. voters through Facebook and other social media is a “red-hot” focus of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election and possible links to President Donald Trump’s associates, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.