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’60 Minutes’ Secures First Joint Interview With President Obama And Secretary Clinton

President is beginning his second term, and Secretary of State Clinton is preparing to leave her role to make way for John Kerry. To mark the moment, the pair are sitting down for their first joint interview, with CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes.”

The program says it is the first time that the President has given an joint interview to a TV news outlet that was not with Michelle Obama.

Steve Kroft is interviewing Obama and Clinton today at the White House, and the end result will air this Sunday on the newsmagazine.

16 Million Watch ’60 Minutes’ Making it #6 Show of the Week

A last second Steelers win over the Ravens helped propel “60 Minutes” into the Top 10 last week. 16.15 million viewers made “60″ the 6th most-watched program of the week. Sunday’s show featured Steve Kroft’s investigation of for-profit hospital chain HMA, Bob Simon’s report on two adventurers who hope to fly their solar-powered plane around the world and, while he was Live on CNN hosting the annual “CNN Heroes” special, Anderson Cooper interviewed a North Korean defector for the CBS newsmagazine.

Bill Owens Readies To Step Up To ’60 Minutes Sports’ Plate

CBS News “60 Minutes” executive editor Bill Owens will be adding to his duties as the co-EP of “60 Minutes Sports,” which will debut on pay-cabler Showtime in January. Owens gets profiled by B&C’s Tim Baysinger (subscription required), and reveals a bit more about the program, which will combine updated archival stories, new stories, and in-studio interviews.

“Everybody on the floor is going to contribute stories,” he says, noting that Steve Kroft, Scott Pelley, Byron Pitts, Lara Logan and James Brown will all participate. CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian will also be a full-time correspondent. And Owens says they have talked about bringing in sports talent from outside the CBS/Showtime corporate family: “We may well end up with a familiar face from one of the other broadcasts.”

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’60 Minutes’ #3 Show for the Week with 16M Viewers

Sunday’s “60 Minutes” had its largest audience since January, drawing 16.3 million viewers to finish at # 3 for the week. The show, with the New York Giants – Pittsburgh Steelers lead-in finished at #3 in households with a 10.2/15 in that measurement. It was the program’s best delivery in viewers and households since January 8, 2012.

Sunday’s broadcast featured Steve Kroft’s report on the partisan gridlock in the U.S. Senate, part I of Morley Safer’s interview with historian/author David McCullough (part II is next Sunday) and Scott Pelley’s profile of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Steve Kroft on his Interview with Senate Leaders: ‘They Didn’t Answer Almost Any Questions’

Who had the harder interview tonight on “60 Minutes?” Scott Pelley during his profile of NFL MVP Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers — we learned he’s quite sensitive about his height, and doesn’t want to talk much about the bounty scandal — or Steve Kroft who sat down with Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY)? If you ask Kroft, he did. Exasperating is one way to put it. Here’s Kroft talking about it in “60 Minutes Overtime.”

’60 Minutes’ #2 for the Week

The overtime New York Jets – New England Patriots game Sunday afternoon which drew 23 million viewers in its final hour helped propel “60 Minutes” to the #2 show of the week.

The broadcast drew 15.86 million viewers, the CBS News magazine’s highest weekly ranking since December 18, 2011.

Sunday’s broadcast featured Steve Kroft’s report on the medical marijuana boom in Colorado, Anderson Cooper’s interview with the former Goldman Sachs executive Greg Smith and an interview with Steven Spielberg by Lesley Stahl.

For Second Year in a Row, Broncos-Patriots Give Boost to ’60 Minutes’

Drawing nearly 16 million viewers, CBS’s “60 Minutes” was the #3 show of the week — its highest weekly ranking since December 18, 2011, when the show was #2 for the week and had a New England Patriots / Denver Broncos lead-in. It just so happens those same two teams faced off this past Sunday, helping the show to 15.96 million viewers.

Sunday’s “60 Minutes” included a Steve Kroft investigation of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, Lesley Stahl’s story about Luxottica, the world’s dominant eyewear company, and a Bob Simon report on the amazing rise from obscurity of Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez (above).

Despite NFL and Emmy Competition, ’60 Minutes’ Powers To Number Six For Week

Sunday could have been a tough night in the ratings for CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

Despite interviews with President Obama and Mitt Romney, as well as a huge NFL lead-in, the newsmagazine was up against a big NFL game on NBC, and the Emmys on ABC.

Despite the tough competition (and likely thanks to the NFL lead-in and the big interviews), “60 Minutes” did just fine, drawing 12.6 million total viewers, enough to make it the number six primetime program for the week. For comparison, the Emmys drew 13.3 million viewers, while “Sunday Night Football” drew 21.3 million.

’60 Minutes’ Takes Heat For Standard Practice: Trimming An Interview For Time

Some blogs and news outlets are criticizing CBS News for cutting out of last night’s “60 Minutes” a statement by President Obama regarding some of his campaign ads. Obama said that some of the ads “go overboard,” and may contain statements that aren’t true.

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CBS, as it usually does with big newsmaker interviews, posted the clip on its site, 60MinutesOvertime.com. While the critics would have readers believe that CBS cut out the segment to try and carry water for the President, the truth, as usual, is much more boring. Both Obama and Mitt Romney had long interviews with CBS, and both had to be chopped extensively for time. Anything that didn’t make it into the broadcast was posted online.

Or as a spokesperson for ’60 Minutes’ explained to Politico:

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Mitt Romney, President Obama In Dueling Interviews on CBS ’60 Minutes’ Sunday

CBS newsmagzine “60 Minutes” has finally scheduled the interview it conducted with President Obama. As expected, it will be  paired with an interview with his competitor, GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Steve Kroft interviewed President Obama for “60 Minutes” last week, and Scott Pelley speaks to Romney this week.

The interviews will air on “60 Minutes” this Sunday, September 23. Topics of discussion with both men will include the economy  jobs and healthcare.

The interviews, combined with  a NFL lead-in, should lead the program to some very strong ratings. Particularly during the main TV season, “60 Minutes” is the number one TV news program in the country, making it a very popular stop for politicians.

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