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TV Ratings: James Comey Interview Nets 9.8 Million Viewers, ACM Awards Rise

ABC News’ interview with former FBI Director James Comey did well in the Sunday overnight ratings but failed to nab the number one spot.

Airing at 10 p.m. after “American Idol,” Comey’s interview averaged 9.8 million viewers in the hour, with Comey discussing his time working under President Trump and Comey’s new book that is highly critical of the President. It averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and a 2.4 in the key news demo of adults 25-54. While still a fine night for ABC News, by comparison, the “60 Minutes” interview with adult film star Stormy Daniels–who allegedly had an affair with Trump–netted 22 million viewers and a 5.3 rating in adults 25-54.

This Sunday’s “60 Minutes” also topped the Comey interview in total viewers with 10.4 million, though Comey was ahead in the demo. “60 Minutes” averaged a 1.7 in adults 25-54 for the night and a 1.1 in adults 18-49.

After “60 Minutes,” the ACM Awards show on CBS was the top program of the night in total viewers and adults 18-49. The awards show averaged a 2.1 rating and 12.1 million viewers. That is even with the low the show hit in the demo in 2017 but up in total viewers from the 10.9 million the show averaged last year.

Preceding the Comey interview, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” drew a 1.2 and 6.2 million viewers on ABC. “American Idol” hit a 1.3 and 6.3 million viewers, down in both measures from last Sunday and marking a new series low.

On NBC, “Dateline” (0.6, 4.1 million) was even. “Little Big Shots” (0.7, 5.5 million), “Genius Junior” (0.7, 3.9 million), and “Timeless” (0.5, 2.6 million) all took hits.

On Fox, Bob’s Burgers” (0.8, 1.8 million) and “The Simpsons” (1.0, 2.2 million) were even. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” averaged a 0.9 and 1.8 million viewers at 8:30 with a second episode at 9 drawing a 0.7 and 1.5 million. “Last Man on Earth” (0.6, 1.4 million) was down in the demo.

CBS won the night easily with a 1.8 and 11.7 million viewers. ABC was second with a 1.4 and 7.1 million viewers. Fox was second in the demo with a 0.7 but fourth in viewers with 1.7 million. NBC was fourth in the demo with a 0.6 but third in viewers with 4 million.

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