President-Elect Trump Gives ’60 Minutes’ Highest Ratings All Season

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

President-elect Donald Trump gave a surge to CBS’s “60 Minutes” ratings after they snag the first interview with him since the election.

The post-election show on Sunday featuring not only Trump but his wife Melania Trump and his four oldest children — Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump and Donald Trump Jr. — increased the shows audience by almost 22 percent over just the weekend prior, according to Deadline. Those numbers gave the show its highest ratings all season, doing a 12.9/20 rating in metered market results. (RELATED: NFL Blames Trump, Clinton For Ratings Decline And Not Kaepernick)

Melania Trump and Donald Trump

(Photo: 60 Minutes screengrab)

The first interview with the next family to occupy the White House brought in over 18 million viewers, making it the best the show has done without an NFL game before it in a very long time, according to another report. In the coveted group ages 18-49 the show did a 3.2 rating.  (RELATED: The Numbers Are In From Last Night’s Debate Between Donald Trump And Hillary Clinton

During the interview, CBS reporter Leslie Stahl asked Trump about whether or not he will keep promises he made on the campaign trail like if he actually plans to build a wall, to which he responded “yes.”

Melania Trump talked about what her goals are as first lady and reiterated that she will focus on helping kids and teenagers deal with online bullying, admitting that several times her husband has gotten himself in trouble on social media.

“Well sometimes it got him in trouble, but it helped a lot as well,” Trump said. “Sometimes he listens, sometimes he doesn’t… I think he hears me, but he will do what he wants to do in the end. He’s an adult. He knows the consequences.”

(L-R) Barron Trump, wife of Republican president-elect Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushnerstand on stage and acknowledge the crowd during Donald Trumps election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Meanwhile the family was asked to recap how they were feeling last Tuesday night as the results started coming in. Ivanka Trump, who was one of her father’s strongest surrogates on the campaign trail, said nothing can really explain the feeling when “your father becomes president.”

“It is hard to put into words the experience or the emotion when your father becomes president of the United States of America,” Trump said. “It’s incredibly exciting and we’re very grateful for the opportunity and we take that opportunity very seriously.”

Katie Jerkovich

Contributor

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