"60 Minutes" can thank Stormy Daniels for raking in its best ratings in a decade.
Sunday night's sit-down with Daniels, during which the porn star detailed an alleged affair with President Trump, is expected to be the show's most-watched special since its November 2008 interview with Barack and Michelle Obama. That interview, drawing 24.5 million viewers, was filmed shortly after Obama made history by being elected as the nation's first black president.
The top three most-watched TV interviews in history all took place before the year 2000 -- Oprah Winfrey's 1993 special with Michael Jackson drew 90 million viewers -- but the rise of the internet has contributed to an overall decline in TV viewership. For comparison, Diana Sawyer's 2015 interview with Bruce Jenner, before his transition, pulled about 17 million viewers.
During her conversation with Anderson Cooper, Daniels described not only her alleged sexual relationship with Trump, but also 2011 encounter with an unidentified man who seemingly threatened her life if she did not keep quiet. She had recently agreed to go public with the information.
"A guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story,'" Daniels recalled. "Then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, 'That’s a beautiful little girl. It'd be a shame if something happened to her mom.' And then he was gone."
In October 2016, Trump's personal lawyer paid $130,000 in hush money to deny she'd ever had an affair with Trump, the Wall Street Journal reported in January. At the time, she was in talks with several outlets to publicly discuss her story ahead of the presidential election.
The White House has denied that the supposed 2006 affair with Daniels ever transpired.
Trump married current wife Melania in 2005. She gave birth to their son, Barron, in 2006.