Stormy Daniels’ ’60 Minutes’ Interview Scores Show’s Top Early Rating in Nearly 10 Years

President-elect Barack Obama’s 2008 sitdown with Steve Kroft was the last to outperform Sunday’s episode

Last Updated: March 26, 2018 @ 7:13 AM

Stormy Daniels just rained TV ratings down on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

The newsmagazine program’s interview with the porn star who says she had an affair with Donald Trump posted the show’s best overnight rating — a 16.3 with a 27 share — in nearly 10 years. The last “60 Minutes” to beat this one was a November 2008 Steve Kroft conversation with President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, which averaged a 17.4/26.

So hey — the Daniels episode still did better in “share,” which is the percent of the population viewing TV at one particular time. Sunday’s “60 Minutes” also featured Kroft’s profile of the NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 2008 episode devoted all three of its segments to the Obamas.

Anderson Cooper’s prerecorded sitdown with Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) began 36 minutes late on the east coast due to an NCAA Tournament overrun. The excellent lead-in certainly didn’t hurt tune-in.

Final Nielsen viewership numbers for Daniels’ episode will be available later today. In the end, the Obamas’ ’08 episode averaged a whopping 24.5 million total viewers.

Read more about last night’s highly anticipated discussion here.