The overnight preliminary ratings are in for the Sunday, January 27th episode of 60 Minutes. That’s the episode where Steve Kroft interviewed both President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. About 11.5 million people tuned in.
Some added perspective should be noted in regards to Sunday’s pre-recorded interview. When 60 Minutes was the #1 ranked show on television from 1979-1980, it averaged 28.5 viewers a week. The difference between 28 million and a little over 11 million viewers is quite substantial. Furthermore, the Obama/Clinton Sunday interview beat out the NFL Pro Bowl, an all-star game that has little significance, in the 6pmCST hour by roughly half-million viewers. What do you attribute the drop off in television viewers from 1980 to today? Did you watch the 60 Minutes interview? If so, what did you think of it?