“Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” enjoyed a modest debut in the overnight ratings, pulling a better number than “60 Minutes” in adults 18-49. However, she lost to a repeat of ’60 Minutes’ in overall viewers, She was 500,000 short even though she interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It was reportedly better than the networks usually do this time of year at 7 p.m.. The thing is it was much hyped and it was with the Russian president at a time he’s the subject of wide-ranging coverage in the U.S.
The interview drew a 0.8 rating in the demo and 6.1 million viewers at 7 p.m. on NBC. By comparison, an encore of “60 Minutes” on CBS earned a 0.6, but 6.6 million viewers. Kelly also managed to pull in a 1.2 in the key news demographic, adults 25-54.
ABC easily topped the night, thanks to coverage of the NBA Finals. “Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night” (2.5, 8.2 million) and the “NBA Finals Countdown” (2.9, 8.2 million) aired at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively. Game 2 of the finals, which began at 8 p.m., is currently averaging a 5.7 and 15.5 million viewers, up from last year’s Game 2, which initially reeled in a 5.5 and 14.3 million viewers. However, due to the nature of live sports, those numbers will most likely adjust up later today.