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Obama, McCain draw 14.6 mln viewers on “60 Minutes”


obama1.jpgIn another sign of strong interest in this year’s U.S. presidential election, Sunday’s “60 Minutes” featuring interviews with both candidates, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, drew 14.6 million viewers to the television news magazine for its highest viewership since January 2008.

That figure was up 21 percent in total U.S. households, 55 percent in adults 25- to 54-years-old and 50 percent in adults 18- to 49-years-old, compared to the same night last year, ”60 Minutes” said in a statement on Tuesday.

The current presidential election has been closely followed by voters with early primary season debates and recent conventions for both Republicans and Democrats drawing sizeable audiences. Roughly 38.4 million viewers turned on their TV sets to watch Obama accept his nomination in late August, and a week later McCain drew an audience of 38.9 million to see his Republican nomination acceptance speech.

The two candidates will debate this Friday, Sept. 26, from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., and that debate will be aired on television networks across the United States.