TV ratings: Hillary Clinton draws viewers to ABC; Fox wins Monday

Diane Sawyer interviews Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, talks with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer.
(Martin H. Simon / ABC)

Diane Sawyer’s interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton pulled in a significant number of viewers for ABC.

On the eve of the publication of Clinton’s new book “Hard Choices,” ABC’s sit-down between Sawyer and the former secretary of State drew 6.1 million viewers, making it the second-most watched broadcast program of the night, behind Fox’s “24,” according to early stats from Nielsen.

The interview, in which the veteran news anchor questioned Clinton about the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, and her potential presidential ambitions, notched a rating of 1.0 in the 18-to-49 demographic. While that may not sound huge, it improved on its lead-in, a “Bachelorette” recap special.

“Masterchef” and the rebooted “24" pushed Fox to a ratings win over NBC, as the Stanley Cup Final series moved from broadcast television to the NBC Sports Network.


The battle between the New York Rangers and the L.A. Kings has delivered ratings victories for NBC’s broadcast network with its first two games. With Monday night’s Game 3 airing on cable, the national ratings won’t be available until later Tuesday.

For Fox, the Gordon Ramsay cooking showdown and the super-spy series were both down from their week-ago episodes among key 18-to-49-year-olds. “Masterchef” declined 12% to a 1.5 in the demographic while pulling in 4.6 million viewers overall, while “24: Live Another Day” had more total viewers than any other broadcast show, averaging 6.3, but it fell 11% to a 1.6 in 18-49.

In prime time, Fox averaged 5.5 million viewers total and a 1.6 in 18-49, in which a ratings point equals some 1.3 million viewers.

That demo number gave Fox a slight edge over NBC, which relied on “American Ninja Warrior” and a rerun of “Last Comic Standing.” “Warrior” pulled a 1.7 in the demo, making it the highest rated show of the night by that measure, though it fell 11% week-to-week.


On the CW, “Whose Line Is It Anyway” posted its highest-rated episode of the season, delivering 1.92 million viewers to its 8 p.m. episode, which also rose 40% week-to-week to a 0.7 in 18-49.

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