ABC Trump interview most-watched Wednesday program

ABC's broadcast of Donald Trump's first primetime interview as president was the top-rated program across all networks Wednesday night. 

According to Nielsen preliminary ratings, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools MORE’s White House special with ABC "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir drew a 1.7 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 7.5 million total viewers, which was tops for the night.  

Trump's interview outshone the night's other leading programs, CBS reality show "Hunted" and Fox's "Lethal Weapon" reboot, which both received 1.4 ratings in the 18-49 demographic and 5.48 million and 6.25 million total viewers, respectively. 

Trump's numbers are a considerable improvement for ABC over the program usually in the 10:00 p.m. ET timeslot, which is currently occupied by the Alec Baldwin-hosted “Match Game,” averaging a 1.1 in the demo and 4.2 million viewers. Baldwin, ironically, plays Trump on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." 

But when comparing Trump's first broadcast interview as commander in chief with Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaCivil rights leader Joseph Lowery dies at 98 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - House to pass relief bill; Trump moves to get US back to work Obama thanks Fauci, Stephen Curry during Instagram Live session MORE's first as president on CBS in 2009, the 44th president scored higher than the 45th, albeit under different conditions. 
 
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Obama had waited until March 22, 2009 to conduct his first interview as president, and did so on the perennially highly rated news magazine program  "60 Minutes." Obama's numbers were also considerably higher in 2009 than Trump's in 2017 due to a "60 Minutes" lead-in of a March Madness NCAA game. For that interview, Obama delivered more than 17 million viewers (17.04 million). 
 
When then-President-elect Trump — along with then-Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump digs in on criticism of Democratic governors Trump signs T coronavirus relief package Arizona lawmaker warns Pence state may end coronavirus testing due to shortage MORE – appeared on "60 Minutes" on Nov. 13 just days after their stunning Election Day victory, that interview delivered 20 million viewers, according to Nielsen. 
 
Trump's next interview is Thursday at 10:00 p.m. ET, when he sits down with Fox's Sean Hannity at the White House.