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The opening of the US Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump saw 11 million TV viewers tune in to watch the historic proceedings on Tuesday.
Lawmakers sparred over witnesses and records for some 12 hours, till almost two in the morning, as Republicans rejected the Democrats' bid to obtain evidence and call witnesses.
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The Nielsen ratings data showed the number of viewers who engaged with the trial fell short of the roughly 13.8 million viewers who tuned in last November for the first day of the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry.
Tuesday's figures covered 4.5 hours of daytime coverage across six networks that aired live, including Walt Disney Co's ABC, ViacomCBS Inc's CBS, Comcast Corp's NBC and MSNBC, AT&T Inc's CNN and Fox Corp's Fox News.
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The TV ratings do not include people who watched live coverage via online streaming or followed the event on social media.
The impeachment trial resumed on Wednesday, with opening arguments from the Democrats in what is the third presidential impeachment trial in US history.
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House Democrats have opened arguments in Donald Trump's impeachment trial, appealing to Republican senators to vote to remove the US president from office to 'protect our democracy'.
Mr Trump's lawyers sat by, waiting their turn, while he blasted the proceedings from afar, threatening jokingly to face off with the Democrats by coming to 'sit right in the front row and stare at their corrupt faces'.
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Democratic accusers say Mr Trump was the one with the 'corrupt scheme' to abuse his presidential power and then obstruct Congress' investigation.
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