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‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ Contends With Trump Impeachment Coverage, ‘Survivor’ Stays on the Air

NBC bumps Ellen reruns

Well, they don’t call it live TV for nothing.

During ABC’s “Live In Front of a Studio Audience” Wednesday night, the network had to cut away multiple times from the live broadcast to cover the impeachment of President Donald Trump that was in progress on Capitol Hill. The House of Representatives voted to impeach the president on two articles, one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress. Trump became only the third U.S. president to be impeached.

ABC cut away for a few minutes two times during the broadcast, each time the articles were voted on. Both times, the broadcast picked up right where it left off. CBS, which was airing the Season 39 finale of “Survivor,” did not cut away until the House voted on the second article of impeachment.

From 8 p.m. ET to 9 p.m. ET, NBC pre-empted reruns of “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways” to cover the impeachment vote.

Kimmel warned the audience during the opening of the ABC special, saying “we might get interrupted,” but “Good Times” still managed to start on time.

Fox did not cut away from the Season 2 finale “The Masked Singer,” letting Fox News handle the coverage of the impeachment vote.