It apparently wasn’t must-see TV.
Despite days of controversy leading up to it, “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly,” which featured an interview with the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, earned just 3.5 million viewers, the lowest total of its three-week run.
The show had 1.3 million fewer viewers than a repeat of “60 Minutes” and a slightly smaller audience than ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” The show was up against coverage of the final round of the U.S. Open on Fox, which had about six million viewers in its final hour, according to early Nielsen figures.
In the 25-to-54-year-old demographic important to advertisers, Ms. Kelly’s newsmagazine show tied “60 Minutes” with a 0.7 rating.
Ms. Kelly and NBC generated a wave of criticism last week for even airing the segment with Mr. Jones, who has called the Sandy Hook school massacre a hoax. She defended the interview as important journalism, citing the growing size of Mr. Jones’s audience and his influence with President Trump.
Ms. Kelly’s premiere episode, which featured an interview with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, had 6.1 million viewers.
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