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CBS News Program Surges — Was It the Lead-In From NFL Football, or the Report on Petting Zoo Lions?

Dec 4, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A CBS News program just played to its biggest audience in two years, prompting analysts to ponder just what is contributing to the show’s resurgence.

TVNewser reports that CBS’s venerable newsmagazine “60 Minutes” had its most-watched show in two years this past Sunday, averaging 18.4 million viewers, the most since December 2012.

The show’s lineup featured a report from Scott Pelley on the World Food Program, Bill Whitaker’s story about hackers stealing credit cards and a Clarissa Ward story about petting zoo lions in Africa.

But the show also had a strong football lead-in. The Packers-Patriots game averaged 30.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched Sunday game of 2014 and “the most-watched Sunday regular-season game on any network in six years,” TVNewser noted.

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