NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel viewers are usually a loyal bunch, but thousands looked for the “off” switch during last week’s telecast of civil rights icon John Lewis’ funeral.
Fox News, like the broadcast and other cable news networks, aired Lewis’ funeral last Thursday, when former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama spoke.
During the hour before the funeral’s start, Fox averaged 1.67 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. In the same hour, MSNBC had 1.28 million viewers and CNN had 1.25 million.
Once the funeral started, half of Fox’s viewers slipped away while the audience increased for its rivals, Nielsen said.
During the 2 p.m. hour, Fox had 595,000 viewers, Nielsen said. MSNBC had 2.25 million and CNN had 1.97 million at the same time.
Things were back to normal by the time Fox News was airing “The Five” at 5 p.m….