‘60 Minutes’ Ratings Surge Again With Barack Obama Interview; ‘SNF’ Leads Sunday

Dino-Ray Ramos
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The 60 Minutes interview with former President Barack Obama earned a 2.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 12.38 million viewers on Sunday, the latest ratings success for the newsmagazine after last month’s sit-down (and stand up and leave) with President Donald Trump.

The interview was the most-watched non-sports event on broadcast last night, and its early Nielsen Live+Same Day numbers compared with the eventual 2.4 rating and 17 million viewers for the Trump episode on October 25. Last night’s numbers were also impacted by NFL overrun, which likely will influence the final numbers.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football (3.7, 12.86M) saw a significant stumble from last week as the New England Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens; last week’s New Orleans-Tampa Bay game earned a 4.1 in the demo. Because it is a live sporting event, these numbers are also likely to be adjusted in the finals.

Fox’s primetime lineup also kicked off with some NFL fare, which was good The Simpsons (1.2, 3.40M). The iconic animated series doubled its numbers from last week while seeing a surge in audience amid the overrun. From there, Fox’s Sunday night animation block saw a tick up across the board in early numbers with Bless the Harts (0.6, 1.76M), Bob’s Burgers (0.7, 1.71M) and Family Guy (0.7, 1.68M).

After slipping week to week, ABC’s revival of Supermarket Sweep (0.8, 3.26M) climbed a tenth in the demo from last week. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (0.5, 2.95M) also ticked up, while America’s Funniest Home Videos (0.7, 5.03M) and Card Sharks (0.3, 1.97M) were steady.

After 60 Minutes, CBS’ night included NCIS: Los Angeles (1.0, 8.45M), which ticked up from last week’s season premiere, and NCIS: New Orleans (0.5, 5.05M), which dipped a tenth.

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