President-Elect Donald Trump's First Official Interview Scores Season High for '60 Minutes'

by Paige Albiniak  |  11.14.2016

Nearly 19 million viewers tuned in to CBS’ 60 Minutes on Sunday night to see Donald Trump’s first official interview as president-elect. That’s up 34 percent from the show’s most recent episode but down 25 percent from President Barack Obama’s comparable interview in 2008, which was seen by 25.4 million viewers. Even eight years ago, however, there was far less competition to the broadcast networks.

The episode also scored a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49 and a 4.3 among the more relevant news demographic of adults 25-54, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 60 Minutes started 25 minutes late due to an overrun in the NFL game between the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins.

In a wide-ranging interview with veteran 60 Minutes’ correspondent Leslie Stahl, Trump touched on several subjects that came up frequently in the campaign, including Obamacare and immigration.

On Obamacare, Trump said he wouldn’t advocate throwing out the entire Affordable Care Act, but would prefer to keep provisions that require insurance companies to insure people with pre-existing conditions and that allow parents to keep adult children who live with them on their policies.

Trump doesn’t expect the Supreme Court—even if his administration appoints a new conservative justice, as expected—to overturn marriage equality. “These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m fine with that.”

Trump still plans to build some kind of structure intended to keep illegal immigrants out of the country, but said he would be okay if it were more of a fence along some parts of the border. “I’m very good at this,” he told Stahl. “It’s called construction.”

He does plan to deport some 2 to 3 million immigrants who have committed crimes as promised during his campaign.

He also said he plans to simplify and lower taxes.

Over the weekend, Trump named some of his first advisors, announcing that Republican National Committee Chairman Rance Priebus would be his chief of staff, while Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon, who was Trump’s campaign CEO, would serve as chief strategist and senior counselor.

READ MORE: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter

[Image courtesy of CBS News via Variety]

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