Kelly's Alex Jones report seen by just 3.5 million viewers

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Kelly's old employer needled her over the weekend, sending a tweet headlined "Megyn Kelly and Alex Jones: NBC News under fire for "botched" rollout".

Just 3.5 million people tuned into Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, her lowest-rated episode yet in the three weeks she's been on the air.

The Jones interview was seen by significantly fewer people than CBS's "60 Minutes", which airs directly opposite the NBC show and drew 5.3 million viewers.

Kelly kicked off the 17-minute long Sunday Night interview by defending the controversial decision to give a platform to a man who has called the Sandy Hook shooting a "hoax", among other reckless remarks. And that had been a steep slide from the 6.1 million who tuned in for her NBC premiere, when she had interviewed Russian ruler Vladimir Putin.

Hours before his NBC interview aired, Jones offered his "sincere condolences" in a video message, saying "parents should never have to bury their own children".

Jones claims that he secretly recorded all of his discussions with Kelly as evidence, suggesting that it's a hedge against amusing business NBC might pull in the editing process of the interview. Hockley's 6-year-old son Dylan, and Barden's 7-year-old son Daniel were among those killed in the mass shooting. Not only is Jones a deeply divisive figure, but Kelly - a former Fox News anchor - is still toting around baggage from her last job, with many progressives eager to dredge up moments like her assurance to kids that Santa Claus is white. "I don't have that". NBC News went aggressively on the defense, trotting out elder statesman Tom Brokaw to read an essay about the need to interview characters like Jones, due to the reach of their "poisonous claims". NBC News Chairman Andy Lack told the AP that the Jones story would be edited with its critics in mind.

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