Megyn Kelly’s much hyped NBC show had its premiere episode.

It included a blockbuster interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But even after all the pomp and circumstance, Kelly just got some really bad news.

Kelly’s jump to NBC was a major media move.

She turned down a $20 million a year contract for a chance to host a Sunday night magazine show and daytime talk program.

Well the early returns are in.

And they aren’t good.

Kelly’s debut was a ratings dud.

Her program lost in the ratings to a repeat of 60 Minutes.

Breitbart reports:

“Megyn Kelly’s new NBC newsmagazine program premiered to modest ratings Sunday night, as it came in third place in total viewership in primetime behind Game 2 of the NBA Finals and a rerun of CBS’s 60 Minutes, though it did top the long-running CBS news show in the key demographic.

According to Variety, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly drew 6.1 million viewers in its 7 p.m. time slot, behind 60 Minutes‘ 6.6 million viewers. Both news programs lost handily to ABC’s broadcast of the NBA Finals Game 2 matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, which drew an average of around 15.5 million viewers.”

In addition to poor ratings, Kelly received negative reviews.

CNN wrote in a review:

“Kelly’s centerpiece interview displayed some of the toughness that defined her at Fox, expressing disbelief when the Russian president claimed he hadn’t spoken with his ambassador about meetings with Trump’s inner circle. “Never?” she asked, with an arched eyebrow.

Still, Putin’s “Deny, deny, deny” strategy made the exchange theatrical enough but largely news-free. “I have no idea,” he said at one point, exhibiting an impressive lack of curiosity about what’s happening within his own government.”

The Los Angeles Times was even less complimentary:

The hour-long news show promised to be “a tough conversation” between Kelly and the Russian leader. But for Putin, it was child’s play as he displayed an elusive and ultimately dismissive demeanor toward Kelly.

The interview, which was teased for weeks on NBC as a must-see exclusive, lasted less than 10 minutes. But that was just about enough time to confirm that she’s still not a great interviewer, and he’s still one of the most deceptive interview subjects around.

Short of asking “How many people have you killed with your bare hands, Mr. Putin?,” Kelly did everything she could to get something out of him other than smirks, huffs and “nyets.”

Some of this frustration could just be venting by liberal critics who were upset Putin wasn’t forced to admit he rigged the election on Trump’s behalf.

But Kelly proved to be an easily replaced talent at Fox.

Tucker Carlson took over her timeslot and instantly drew higher ratings.

NBC bet big on Kelly.

The early returns show it may have been a bust.