Meanwhile, Sunday's episode of 60 Minutes drew an average of 5.31 million viewers and a 0.7 rating in the news demo, marking the third straight week the veteran news program has bested Kelly's show in total viewers.
Long-running CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes" easily beat out the former Fox New anchor with 5.3 million viewers, even though the story selection was hardly at attention-grabbing - the program ran stories on first responders in war-torn Syria, chess-playing teens in rural MS and how small, cash-starved countries are effectively selling citizenship for revenue.
Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan gave the segment a mixed review as well, saying that it avoided any major pratfalls but still elevated Jones' profile.
Jones, among other claims, has called the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a hoax.
Shortly before the interview, which was aired on Father's Day, Jones released a video in which he offered condolences to families who had lost children in the "horrible tragedy" of Newtown, but did not refer to his previous comments disputing the killings. Relatives of some of the victims also spoke in the Sunday segment on NBC. While some might point to the criticism Kelly endured as the reason so many viewers opted to stay away, or suggest it speaks to a general, alt-right ranting fatigue shared by most people who don't spend every waking minute trading Pizzagate memes under their American flag emoji-ed Twitter handles, truth warriors know this is a laughably naïve interpretation. Hockley's 6-year-old son Dylan, and Barden's 7-year-old son Daniel were among those killed in the mass shooting. Jones has said he believes that the shooting was a government hoax that used child actors.