8:16am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Trump '60 Minutes' Visit No Match for Surging 'Sunday Night Football'
Interest was clearly high leading into Sunday's episode of 60 Minutes. The CBS show aired the first significant interview with Donald Trump since his surprise election win earlier in the week, hitting season highs in the process.
Leslie Stahl's sit-down with the former reality star averaged a strong 18.8 million viewers at 7 p.m. That's up 34 percent from the most recent episode, which averaged 14 million viewers after football overrun. It was a solid showing from 60 Minutes, though not enough to beat the night's top draw — Sunday Night Football.
With an overnight 14.3 rating among households, NBC's NFL coverage topped 60 Minutes by 25 percent in metered markets coverage. The Seahawks-Patriots match-up currently ranks as the biggest NFL primetime match-up since the first week of the season, one that will easily top 22 million viewers in final returns.
Sunday's 60 Minutes was also no match for President Obama's first post-election sit-down in 2008. That interview scored 24.5 million viewers.
Season to date, 60 Minutes has been averaging 12.8 million viewers during the original Sunday telecast. Ratings for the show tend to fluctuate considerably during the fall, as the CBS news magazine is subject to frequent football delay.