TV Critic’s Corner

Stormy v. Comey: Who won the biggest ratings?

James Comey’s interview on ABC drew 9.8 million viewers.
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James Comey’s interview on ABC drew 9.8 million viewers.

We’re heading further into the James Comey book tour, and he has already called President Trump “morally unfit to be president” and a person who “sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat, who lies constantly.” Trump’s responses to Comey so far have arrived in the form of a series of tweets in which he calls Comey a “slimeball” who is “not smart” and “will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history.” Oddly, Trump, of all people, should know that he’s probably selling Comey’s book simply by mentioning it.

How did Comey’s first appearance go, ratings-wise? The former FBI director drew about 9.8 million viewers to his George Stephanopoulos interview on ABC. Not bad numbers at all — but definitely not as compelling as those for Stormy Daniels’s March tell-all interview about Trump on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” which drew 22 million.

More Comey is coming on Tuesday, which is the official launch date of “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.” He’ll be peddling the book on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “Fresh Air,” and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” I’m assuming those interviews will be more of the same; I doubt Comey is sitting on a blockbuster bit of information that hasn’t come out yet.


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