Those numbers were practically even with last week's episode, in which Kelly interviewed Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews, and down sharply from her June 4 debut episode, which featured an interview with Russian president Vladimir Puttin and drew 6.1 million viewers.
60 Minutes beat Kelly in overall audience, delivering 5.31 million viewers. It was not immediately clear to what extent the controversy over the Jones segment hurt the broadcast; Connecticut's NBC Newsaffiliaterefused to air the program, citing community concerns.
Jones' comments about the Sandy Hook shooting-he continues to argue the murderous rampage was a government-sanctioned hoax-were the main flashpoint for many advertisers and viewers.
Jones, for his part, live streamed a response to the interview - watched at its peak by almost 20,000 people on YouTube - slamming the episode as "fake news".
Kelly, now with NBC, told A.P. she respected Sandy Hook Promise's decision to drop her from a Wednesday event in Washington, but was disappointed.
Complaints from Newtown families due to Jones' odious assertions that Sandy Hook was a hoax heightened the pressure.
A parent of one of the victims also spoke out. Hockley's 6-year-old son Dylan, and Barden's 7-year-old son Daniel were among those killed in the mass shooting. Jones, meanwhile, did all he could to taint the piece in advance, surreptitiously taping their conversations and releasing them prior to the broadcast.
US oil output hampering market rebalancing: OPEC
Benchmark Brent crude settled 43 cents higher at $48.72 a barrel while USA light crude settled up 38 cents to $46.46 a barrel. Oil inventories are near record highs in some parts of the world, and producers outside the OPEC deal are increasing output.