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Nielsen: at least 23.2 million watched Chauvin verdict

@ap.news In this image from video, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin listens as the verdict is read in his trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

NEW YORK (AP) — At least 23.2 million Americans watched on television this week when former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was declared guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd.

The Nielsen company’s estimate came from viewership figure on 11 different networks that carried Tuesday’s verdict live. The actual audience was surely bigger, however, since Nielsen’s count did not include ESPN, which also covered the news.

CNN had just over 4 million viewers, more than any other network. But Nielsen found that ABC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NBC and CBS all had at least 3 million people watching, too.

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