Obama interview gives '60 Minutes' best ratings in nine years

Big TV interviews with “Pregnant Man” Thomas Beatie and President-elect Barack Obama garnered headlines this weekend, but only one delivered stellar ratings. And, thank goodness, it was Obama and future First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured), whose sit-down on Sunday with 60 Minutes garnered 24.5 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates. That’s the 40-year-old newsmagazine’s biggest audience since at least 1999.

Beatie’s Barbara Walters Special, on the other hand, gave ABC a bit of a boost with 8 million viewers on Friday, but the alphabet net was still unable to keep up with CBS’ unstoppable Ghost Whisperer (11.7 million), The Price is Right Salutes the Troops (7.3 million), and Numb3rs (9.3 million). Also on Friday, NBC continued to strike out with Deal or No Deal (5.3 million), Crusoe (4.2 million), and now-canceled Lipstick Jungle (3.6 million). Saturday looked equally bleak for all nets; Fox, as usual, won the night with Cops (6 million) and America’s Most Wanted (6.2 million).

But on Sunday, CBS’ hour of Obama wasn’t the only game in town: NBC scored with the Cowboys-Redskins game on Sunday Night Football (17 million), while ABC stayed on the board with Desperate Housewives (16.6 million).

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  • AmandaE99

    So for anyone who actually watched this, you might remember it started like 30 min late because the Pittsburgh/San Diego game (which was very close) ran long. Do the ratings count the time slot or when the program actually ran?

  • sam

    The ratings are for when the program actually was broadcast, even if it started late. They are measured in 15 minute increments, according to Nielsen. That interview was GREAT!! We finally have a truly down-to-earth, honest, admirable & classy President (elect).

  • gt

    I didn’t even know this was on TV. Not that I would care. Obama still has to show he is qualified to be President. The US Supreme Court is now involved and I think there is some question about the matter. Also a case in California. Obama may be trying to pull the biggest scam we have seen in a looooong time.

  • gt

    Why does Mrs Barrack always look like she hates this all. Is she still hating Americans?

  • Willy

    gt, get over yourself. Obama was elected. He’s qualified. Michelle doesn’t hate America. Stop talking like a dumbass.

  • Lauren Landry

    If you want to talk about proving yourself, then why don’t you prove that you’re not an idiot by learning how to spell check before you click.
    It amazes me how many ignorant people there are in this world who think that it is their God given right to pick apart every successful thing that someone else achieves.
    Perhaps if you spent this kind of effort on learning how to spell then I would not have to spend my time writing this.
    As Willy has already said, he won, it’s over. Barack Obama is now the President of the United States of America. By the way, who the hell are you?

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