A CBS program that aired over the weekend pulled its largest audience in more than seven years. The network announced that “60 Minutes” was watched by an estimated 20.27 million viewers.
The turnout was the largest for the news program since Nov. 16, 2008, when 25.1 million viewers tuned in for a post-election show featuring President-Elect Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.
The big draw for Sunday’s installment may have been a Charlie Rose interview with Sean Penn about his secret meeting with Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The show also featured Lesley Stahl’s story about economic espionage against U.S. companies carried out by the Chinese government, along with Bill Whitaker’s report on mountain lions living within the city limits of Los Angeles.
Metered market figures indicate that Sunday’s “60 Minutes” also delivered a season high in the 18-49 demo with a 4.7 average rating.