Megyn Kelly's ratings way down after Alex Jones interview

Kelly presses 'Infowars' host Jones on Sandy Hook denial

"Here's the thing, Alex Jones isn't going away", Kelly said, who noted that praise for President Trump has helped expand the conspiracy theorist's influence.

During the interview, Jones never gave a direct answer when Kelly pressed him to admit he was wrong in his claim about the shootings. Her second episode, however, dipped down to 3.6 million viewers and was dwarfed by competitor 60 Minutes - despite the fact that NBC paired the show with a winning Stanley Cup final.

But the piece went on to note that executives at NBC "re-edited Ms. Kelly's segment throughout the week and have gambled millions of dollars on her success".

An encore telecast of "American Ninja Warrior" averaged a 0.6/3 in 18-49 and 2.5 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET.

After a week of fever-pitch media coverage in anticipation of Megyn Kelly's interview with controversial conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, her episode debuted Sunday night with a ratings flop. Can't they just choose not to watch, just as I would not have watched the interview? The local NBC affiliate in CT that serves the area where the shooting took place refused to air the interview.

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Kelly's first episode came out of the gate rather strong, averaging 6.2 million viewers.

Jones, for his part, live streamed a response to the interview - watched at its peak by almost 20,000 people on YouTube - slamming the episode as "fake news".

The lawyers representing 12 people who lost loved ones in the 2012 shooting had pleaded with NBC officials not to air the interview due to the pain Jones' hoax claims has caused them. Relatives of some of the victims also spoke in the Sunday segment on NBC.

Jones said at one point that he was playing "devil's advocate" in denying the mass shooting. He's most despised for pushing the idea that the Sandy Hook shooting that killed 20 children was some sort of government backed false flag using child actors. The controversy escalated after Jones leaked a portion of a phone conversation with Kelly to his InfoWars website ahead of Sunday's broadest.

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