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Mueller report release not exactly appointment viewing

EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY - This portion of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, released in Washington on Thursday, April 18, 2019, describes Mueller's appointment and President Donald Trump's reaction to it. Trump's legal team, through an unlikely combination of bluster, legal precedent and a decision to sharply shift tactics, protected their client from a perilous in-person interview and those lawyers took a victory lap this week when a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller findings was published,(AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

NEW YORK — Given all the attention it has received for the past two years, the actual release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report wasn’t exactly appointment television viewing.

The Nielsen company said that the ABC, CBS and NBC broadcast networks and the cable’s CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC collectively averaged 12.7 million viewers last Thursday when the redacted report on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election was put out.

For CBS and ABC, their audiences were smaller than what they would get on a typical day of daytime programming.

Television-wise, more people caught up with the story on the evening news.

The Associated Press