The Trump Factor: 60 Minutes Ratings Soar


Sunday night’s ratings are in, and while football is still king, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump helped CBS to take second place.

Trump’s Sunday evening interview with 60 Minutes, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin was also interviewed by Charlie Rose, brought in big ratings for CBS, which finished only behind NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

Sunday’s NFL matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Detroit Lions won the evening, bringing in 19.7 million viewers, and 7.3/21 in the key 18-49 demo for the 8:30pm-11pm ET time slot, reports TheWrap.

Scott Pelley’s sit-down with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump brought in 15 million viewers, for second place with a 2.9/9 rating among the key demo.

Trump candidly criticized the media, teased his tax plan and advocated for the middle class during the interview.

Putin spoke in-depth with Rose about Russian intervention in Syria, Ukraine, and offered a rare glimpse into his perspective of Russia’s place in the world.

Watch Trump’s interview below:

Following 60 Minutes, CBS said goodbye to CSI in the 9pm-11pm time slot.

ABC came in third averaging a 1.4/4 and 5.7 million viewers. The network aired the season premieres of Once Upon a Time and Blood & Oil, followed by Quantico at 10pm.

Fox came in fourth with a 1.3/4 and 2.9 million viewers, with the return of the Sunday night comedy block, airing Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons and Family Guy, all of which saw a decrease in total viewers.

Last Man on Earth brought in a 1.4/4 and 3.1 million viewers, and was the only FOX show to stay even with last season’s premiere, according to TheWrap.

Univision and Telemundo came in fifth and sixth, with a 0.7/2 and 1.9 million viewers, and a 0.3/1 and 752,000 viewers, respectively.


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