Showtime’s Ailes series has modest start, but it’s early

NEW YORK (AP) — Intensely loyal viewers routinely make Fox News Channel the most-watched cable network each week. So how many people want to watch a miniseries about Roger Ailes, the man who developed and ran the place for its first two decades?

The safest answer for Showtime’s “The Loudest Voice in the Room” is it’s early.

The Nielsen company says 299,000 watched Sunday’s 10 p.m. debut of the miniseries starring Russell Crowe, or roughly one-tenth of the audience Sean Hannity pulls in each night.

But for a premium cable network, that’s only part of the story.

Add in replays and streams and the Sunday audience swells to 651,000. Showtime is predicting that by the end of the week, one million people will have watched.

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