60 Minutes Runs Its Streak to 4 Consecutive Weeks as One of TV’s 10-Most-Watched Shows

By A.J. Katz Comment

All of the controversy that seemed to hamper 60 Minutes going into the season doesn’t seem to be hurting the show’s ratings.

According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, 60 Minutes drew 13 million total viewers, making the Nov. 25 broadcast the No. 5 show of the week in total viewers. The episode also ranked No. 7 for the week among the key A25-54 demo, the one that matters most to news advertisers.

The legendary newsmagazine seems to be on a roll as of late, ranking in the top 10 during four consecutive weeks, and in the top 5 among total viewers for seven of the past nine weeks. Aided by CBS’ highest-rated NFL broadcast of the season, this past week’s edition of 60 Minutes ended up being the most-watched non-sports telecast of the day.

The Nov. 25 edition of 60 Minutes featured Scott Pelley’s report on how thousands of migrant children were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border, a Lesley Stahl report on the use of robots to clean up the Fukushima nuclear disaster and a look at the Broadway production of the To Kill a Mockingbird, which featured an interview between Steve Kroft and the star of the show, Jeff Daniels.