NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump could still be a powerful television draw, although in the case of “60 Minutes,” last week probably wasn’t what he intended.
The 17.4 million people who watched the CBS news magazine, featuring interviews with Trump and Democratic opponent Joe Biden, were the show’s largest audience in more than two years, according to the Nielsen company. This is despite the fact that an angry president posted an unedited version of his conversation with Lesley Stahl on Facebook three days in advance because he didn’t like the questions.
With “60 Minutes” averaging 10.3 million viewers so far this season, some people clearly wanted to see the broadcast after hearing about the controversy, or saw the entire band and wondered how CBS had edited it.
Stahl referred to the dispute once in her introduction, saying, “We had prepared to discuss the many problems and questions facing the president, but in what has become an overly public uproar, the conversation was cut short. “
It was the largest “60 Minutes” audience since March 25, 2018, another episode Trump certainly didn’t want people to see, as it included an interview with adult movie star Stormy Daniels. She claimed she was having an affair with Trump, who denied this.
With the election in sight, Nielsen had more superlatives for cable news. Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson recorded the most watched month ever for a cable news program. October was also the most watched month in prime time for both CNN and MSNBC.
Behind the World Series, Fox was the most popular prime-time broadcasting network, averaging 8.2 million viewers. NBC had 5.8 million viewers, ABC had 4.6 million, CBS had 4.4 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million, Univision had 1.1 million, Telemundo had 1 million, and CW had 620,000.
Fox News Channel led the cable networks, with an average of 5.16 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 2.65 million, CNN 2.4 million, ESPN had 2.14 million, and Hallmark had 1.19 million.
ABC’s “World News Tonight” led the evening news rating race with an average of 8.6 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.2 million viewers and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.3 million.
For the week of October 19-25, the 20 most popular programs, their networks and viewers:
1. “60 minutes”, CBS, 17.4 million.
2. “Presidential Debate,” Fox News, 15.47 million.
3. NFL Football: Seattle, Arizona, NBC, 14.31 million.
4. “Debate Analysis,” Fox News, 12.19 million.
5. NFL Football: Arizona in Dallas, ESPN, 11.83 million.
6. “Debate Preview,” Fox News, 11.33 million.
7. “Presidential Debate,” ABC, 11.25 million
8. “NFL Post-Game” (Sunday), Fox, 10.91 million.
9. “Presidential Debate,” NBC, 10.64 million.
10. NFL Football: NY Giants in Philadelphia, Fox, $ 10.47 million.
11. World Series, Game 5: LA Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay, 10.06 million.
12. World Series, Game 4: LA Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay, 9.33 million.
13. World Series, Game 1: Tampa Bay vs. LA Dodgers, $ 9.27 million.
14. World Series, Game 2: Tampa Bay vs. LA Dodgers, 9.11 million.
15. “NFL Pre-Game,” NBC, 8.88 million.
16. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 8.21 million.
17. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Thursday), Fox News, 8.17 million.
18. World Series, Game 3: LA Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay, Fox, 8.16 million.
19. “NFL Pre-Game,” Fox, 8.13 million.
20. “NFL Post-Game” (Monday), Fox, 8.09 million.