It easily outpaces the last marquee episode, Trump's 2016 interview, but it still trails Barack Obama's 24.5 million tune-in from 2008.
CBS ruled Sunday night, thanks to a hot-button 60 Minutes airing just after NCAA basketball.
The network's 60 Minutes sitdown with proclaimed one-time Donald Trump paramour Stormy Daniels reaped especially strong rewards, topping 22 million viewers with final adjustments. It easily ranks as the most-watched episode in nearly a decade, blowing past the recent high -- a the post-election chat with Trump himself (20 million) in 2016.
The show got a late start, thanks to basketball, but it hardly hurt the heavily hyped segment. Anderson Cooper's interview nabbed close to 22.1 million viewers, a 5.3 rating among adults 25-54 and a 4.0 among adults 18-49 during the 37-minute-delayed broadcast. The late start time for 60 Minutes means there may still be some adjustments. At any rate, it's the most-watched episode of the venerable news magazine this season, and even approaches the memorable high of 2008 when nearly 25 million tuned in to see Barack Obama's first interview after being elected. (The highest-rated episode of the show's current and 50th season, for comparison, was the September opener. That earned 14.8 million viewers.)