O.J. Simpson parole hearing pulls in 14 million viewers

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Former NFL star and alleged murderer O.J. Simpson has been ordered to be freed from prison, and millions of people witnessed the decision on TV.

Most people aren’t fans of O.J. Simpson, but they were still tuning in yesterday for his parole hearing!

If you haven’t heard the news by now, the notorious O.J. has officially been granted parole. He had been serving a 33 year sentence for charges including kidnapping and armed robbery. After serving the minimum time the sentenced required, the parole board gave O.J. the OK to integrate his way back into society.

With countless TV networks on hand to broadcast the hearing, it was basically the “sequel” to his infamous mid-90s murder trial. Only this time, people were seeing if he was going to be released rather than convicted. And just like last time, the outcome is disappointing for many who had been hoping to see the Juice spend his final days rotting in a cell.

So how many tuned in? According to The Hollywood Reporter, about 14 million viewers were watching to see the parole board’s decision. Of course, those numbers are split up between all the networks covering the event, with CBS leading the pack in the numbers.

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So, what’s next for the Juice? Will he actually try to stay out of the spotlight and keep a low profile after he’s out? Or is he going to end up doing something stupid to violate his parole and wind up back inside? I guess all we can do at this point is wait and see.