"60 MINUTES" MAKES THE TOP 10 FOR THE SEVENTH STRAIGHT WEEK
60 MINUTES made Nielsen's top-10 list for the seventh straight week, drawing an audience of 15 million -- good for an eighth-place finish on the weekly chart. It was 12th time in 16 weeks that the hit program made the list.
The January 11th broadcast drew the most viewers among non-sports programming Sunday night, beating NBC's telecast of the Golden Globe Awards (14.86 million), ABC's "Desperate Housewives" (13.79 million) and the season premiere of the Fox drama "24" (12.61 million).
Sunday's broadcast featured a Steve Kroft report on why oil prices reached historic highs last year; a profile of Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, by David Martin; and Scott Pelley's report on superstar musician Wyclef Jean's efforts to help his native Haiti.
60 MINUTES is ranked 10th for the season, averaging 15.51 million viewers It has been the number-one program for the week two times, including for its interview with Barack and Michelle Obama, broadcast Nov. 16 that drew 25.1 million viewers, the most viewed regularly scheduled program of the season. It has also finished among the top three weekly broadcasts six times.
Jeff Fager is the executive producer of 60 MINUTES.