TV ratings: Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview flounders on Sunday night

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Megyn Kelly's controversial interview with Alex Jones failed to rise above previous installments of Kelly's new NBC News show in the Sunday overnight ratings.

According to Nielsen data, the new installment of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" averaged a 0.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.5 million viewers, airing at 7 p.m. The previous two episodes of the freshman news show have averaged a 0.7 and 4.9 million viewers.

Kelly lost in the timeslot in both measures against both the U.S Golf Open Championship (1.4, 6.1 million) on Fox and a rerun of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (0.7, 3.7 million) on ABC. She tied with a rerun of "60 Minutes" in the demo, but the CBS news magazine topped her in total viewers with 5.3 million.

Many were critical of Kelly's decision to interview Jones, who has stated he believes the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre was a hoax, among many other conspiracy theories. Jones himself even complained publicly about the interview, claiming that Kelly misrepresented his take on Sandy Hook. He leaked the full audio of the interview on last Thursday.

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There is no justification for amplifying lies (or a liar), particularly about unimaginable tragedy. I hope no paren… https://t.co/Le6rA71nBa
On FATHER'S DAY Megyn Kelly is interviewing Alex Jones - a man who harasses the parents of bombing and shooting tra… https://t.co/iQaj2F9JlC
Keep on mind this interview is airing on Father's Day. Imagine the Sandy Hook dads having to see this monster on NB… https://t.co/NJEe79XtB8
it is a horrible thing for @megynkelly to give a platform to a Sandy Hook truther. No justification. @msnbc reconsider what you are doing.
Imagine you've lost a loved one in a shooting or bombing. Now imagine a man makes money by lying that it never happ… https://t.co/G8rbQZvQqN
@mattmfm @megynkelly @NBCNews My nephew survived Sandy Hook. I am not tolerating this. Will never watch @megynkelly… https://t.co/9t9nn7zxHd
@megynkelly Sandy Hook & Aurora families have gone through enough without giving him a platform to spew his filth.… https://t.co/9ioetLukvT
Since Alex Jones is a self admitted "Performance Artist" what possible motivation is there to allow him to perform for you #ShameonNBC
@megynkelly Megyn, you're a mom. Think of the pain you're elevating by giving that performance artist airtime. Choo… https://t.co/4vQwWSc5hU
@megynkelly Alex Jones doesn't deserve one second of air time. What a horrible lack of respect to the families of Sandy Hook. @NBCNews
@shannonrwatts @megynkelly @nbc Say their names, Megyn. https://t.co/JelZAobkFp
20 children dead at Sandy Hook and @megynkelly is giving voice to the man who suggested it was a hoax. This is be… https://t.co/UsKZEw2q7M
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NBC aired only repeats during the rest of Sunday primetime.

ABC aired a new episode of "Celebrity Family Feud" (1.4, 6.1 million) at 8 p.m., followed by "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (1.0, 5.1 million) and "The $100,000 Pyramid" (0.9, 4.9 million).

CBS aired repeats, while Fox aired the U.S Golf Open Championship and a new episode of "American Grit" (0.6, 1.8 million).

ABC and Fox tied for first place in the demo with a 1.0, but ABC was first in total viewers with 4.9 million. Fox was third in total viewers with 3.9 million. NBC was third in the demo with a 0.6 but fourth in viewers with 2.6 million. CBS was fourth in the demo with a 0.4 but second in total viewers with 4.3 million.

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