Fired FBI Director James Comey’s highly anticipated interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos finally aired Sunday night, and quite a few people tuned in to see what Comey had to say.
However, not nearly as many people tuned in to see Comey criticize and smear President Donald Trump this weekend as had tuned in to see adult film actress Stormy Daniels do pretty much the same about a month ago.
According to the New York Post, the Nielsen Media Research ratings revealed that Comey’s ABC interview drew approximately 9.3 million viewers, a significant turnout for the network.
The hour-long interview was but the first in what is expected to be a media blitz by the former director to promote his new book, and included Comey likening Trump to a “mob boss” and stating unequivocally that he felt Trump was “morally unfit to be president,” among many other sharp and sometimes petty critiques.
Unfortunately for ABC, their much-hyped interview with Comey failed to draw more viewers than the Country Music Awards, which aired at the same time on CBS, an awards show that pulled in about 12.1 million viewers, making it the overall highest rated program of the evening.
Furthermore, Comey’s interview also fell far short of the ratings numbers achieved by CBS’ “60 Minutes” with their March 25 interview with Daniels, which drew an estimated 22 million viewers.
According to Variety, Comey’s interview netted roughly 9.8 million viewers on average and garnered a rating of 1.7 among all adults aged 18-49 and a 2.4 rating among the coveted demo of adults aged 25-54. By comparison, Daniels’ “60 Minutes” interview was watched by some 22 million viewers and achieved a rating in the key 25-54 demo of 5.3.
In that interview, Daniels had reiterated her claim that she’d had a consensual affair about a dozen years ago with then-businessman Trump. She has also alleged that was later both paid and threatened by individuals connected to Trump to remain silent about the supposed affair.
Hilariously, even this week’s episode of CBS’ “60 Minutes,” not featuring Daniels or any major political bombshell stories, actually drew more viewers overall than Comey’s interview, 10.4 million as compared to 9.8 million.
That “60 Minutes” episode featured an investigation of discount air carrier Allegiant Air as well as a look at the so-called “pay gap” and gender inequality in the workplace, topics one would assume would be of far less interest to viewers than scandalous recollections of a former lawman striking back at the man who fired him.
Interestingly, it could be argued by some that Comey, by virtue of his pushing the “salacious and unverified” sexual allegations contained within the infamous Steele dossier, helped give rise to other unproven allegations of sexual misconduct by Trump, such as the assertions put forth by Daniels.
As such, something that Comey helped create — in this case the perception that Trump has been involved in all sorts of scandalous sexual behavior — is now literally outshining one of its creators.
It is also worth noting that while Comey got beat by Daniels at the ratings game, he also got utterly walloped by Trump on social media with a series of tweets Sunday that excoriated the former director.
Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2018
It remains to be seen if anything comes from Comey’s vendetta-driven book tour against Trump, but considering how it was overshadowed so much by the largely legless and media-driven Stormy Daniels affair, and given Comey’s apparent emotional incompetence, probably not much.
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