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Russell Crowe's 'The Loudest Voice' Doesn't Speak to Many People in Debut

By Daniel Goldblatt

"The Loudest Voice" — Showtime's high-profile limited series about the inner workings of Fox News — debuted to ratings on Sunday night that Roger Ailes would not approve of.

According to Nielsen, the show bowed to 299,000 total viewers, a number that was less than both "City on a Hill" (which debuted two weeks ago) and Showtime's last limited series, "Escape at Dannemora."

The viewership numbers for "Loudest Voice" get bumped up to 651,000 when you factor in replays and streaming.

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The seven-part series stars Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller and Seth MacFarlane and is focused on Roger Ailes (played by Crowe) and how he built Fox News into the media powerhouse it is today. It also deals with the sexual harassment accusations Ailes faced and settlements that brought his tenure at Fox News to an end.

It is based on Gabriel Sherman’s 2014 bestseller "The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – and Divided a Country."

The series is slated to run on Sunday nights until its finale on August 11.

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