’60 Minutes’ Has Best Debut in 17 Years

By Chris Ariens Comment

Pelley60isis“60 Minutes” was the No. 2 show of the week, only behind “Sunday Night Football” on NBC.

Sunday’s season debut drew 17.88 million viewers, its biggest premiere audience since 1997. The show got a boost from the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seakawks game. A Super Bowl rematch which went into overtime.

Sunday’s show, which featured a Scott Pelley report from the frontlines of the battle to defeat ISIS, and a Steve Kroft story about the growing concerns over an IRS scam, delivered its best premiere numbers since 2005 in the key demos: a 4.4/11 in A25-54 and a 3.5/10 in A18-49.