Trump’s ’60 Minutes’ interview lags behind Stormy Daniels’
NEW YORK (AP) — President Trump reached 11.7 million viewers for his “60 Minutes” interview on Sunday — or just over half the audience that Stormy Daniels had on the CBS newsmagazine last spring.
Daniels, the porn star who alleged an affair with Trump before he became president, drew 22.1 million for her interview last March. The president called Daniels “horseface” on Twitter Tuesday in reaction to a judge’s ruling dismissing her defamation lawsuit.
Trump’s interview with Lesley Stahl is part of a new talkative phase for the president before the midterm election. She also interviewed him shortly after he was elected president.
The president did earn bragging rights against another nemesis. “Saturday Night Live,” which featured actor Alec Baldwin giving his first Trump impersonation of the fall, was seen by 6.2 million people last weekend. The opening skit spoofed Trump’s Oval Office meeting with Kanye West.
The debut of Baldwin’s talk show on ABC Sunday night drew dismal ratings, seen by barely over 2 million people. Among younger viewers, it was the least-watched show on the four biggest networks all week, except for Fox’s “911” on Saturday night.
NBC won the week in prime time, averaging 7.8 million viewers. CBS had 7.3 million viewers, Fox had 5.3 million, ABC had 5.2 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.24 million, ION Television had 1.18 million and the CW had 1.1 million.
TBS was the week’s most popular cable network with the baseball playoffs, averaging 3.94 million viewers. Fox News Channel had 2.54 million, ESPN had 2.53 million, MSNBC had 1.46 million and Hallmark had 1.19 million.
ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.6 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.1 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.2 million.
For the week of Oct. 8-14, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Kansas City at New England, NBC, 21.11 million; NFL Football: Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants, Fox, 14.76 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 13.68 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 12.95 million; “NFL Post-Game,” CBS, 12.63 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 12.37 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.73 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 11.19 million; NFL Football: Washington at New Orleans, ESPN, 10.74 million; “Football Night in America,” NBC, 9.85 million.