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Trump's "60 Minutes" Interview Comes Up Short; Nielsen Week In Review
This image taken from video provided by CBS shows President Donald Trump, left, with Lesley Stahl during the taping of an interview for “60 Minutes” that aired on Sunday, Oct. 14. 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.(CBS via AP)
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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 primetime, 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.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Oct. 8-14. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. NFL Football: Kansas City at New England, NBC, 21.11 million.
2. NFL Football: Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants, Fox, 14.76 million.
3. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 13.68 million.
4. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 12.95 million.
5. “NFL Post-Game,” CBS, 12.63 million.
6. “NCIS,” CBS, 12.37 million.
7. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.73 million.
8. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 11.19 million.
9. NFL Football: Washington at New Orleans, ESPN, 10.74 million.
10. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 9.85 million.
11. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 9.58 million.
12. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 9.22 million.
13. “FBI,” CBS, 9.18 million.
14. “Thursday Night Pre-Kick,” Fox, 9.04 million.
15. “This is Us,” NBC, 8.92 million.
16. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 8.41 million.
17. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 8.31 million.
18. “Mom,” CBS, 8.21 million.
19. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 8.15 million.
20. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 7.91 million.

ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.

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