Public impeachment hearings into Donald Trump this week are set to turn into a battle royale for ratings as America settles down in front of its televisions for a rerun of Watergate.

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The Watergate hearings in 1973 were watched live, at least in part, by 71 per cent of the US population, a seminal shared moment in the country’s history .

In anticipation of another viewing and advertising bonanza the three major US networks – CBS, ABC, and NBC – all announced they will set aside scheduled programming.

With the first hearing due to start at 10am on Wednesday that meant ditching iconic light entertainment daytime hit shows, including "The Price Is Right" on CBS, the "Today Show" on NBC, and "The…

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