Here’s one viewership fact that Donald Trump can rest assured is accurate: His first sit-down interview since taking over the White House topped the broadcast ratings Wednesday night.
ABC’s President Trump: The First Interview special with ABC News anchor David Muir was seen by 7.5 million viewers and received a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49, making it the night’s top show in both measurements.
Since several titles were in reruns last night (like ABC’s Modern Family), the competition was softer than usual. The runner-up show in the demo was Fox’s Lethal Weapon (6.3 million, 1.4 rating). Still, the interview more than doubled NBC’s January interview with President Obama (3.5 million, 0.7), though tied in viewers CBS’ 60 Minutes interview in January with Obama (7.5 million, 0.7). Variety points out that Obama’s prime-time debut in 2009 did much better, however — 17 million viewers and a 3.9 rating.
In case you missed it, here are the six most noteworthy moments from the president’s interview.