FILE - With the White House in the background, President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021. The January 6 committee investigation of the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election and the events leading up to the capitol insurrection raise questions about former President Donald Trump's role and whether he committed crimes. As illuminating have been the various schemes and talking points that have come up from witnesses that highlight what a president has the authority to do. Government and legal experts say the bigger question is can limits be put on that presidential authority to make sure there are no repeats of 2020 in future administrations. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — It promised big revelations — and delivered. And last week’s final summer session of the House Jan. 6 committee hearings also delivered big ratings. Nielsen reports Thursday night’s hearing had an estimated audience of 17.7 million viewers. That’s second only to the 20 million who saw the first panel hearing on June 9. Both it and the summer finale were on at primetime. Ten networks aired the final hearing live, down from the 11 that showed the first session. The conservative network Newsmax dropped out this time. Public hearings are to resume in September.
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