Stormy Daniels' '60 Minutes' pulls best ratings since 2008 interview with Barack and Michelle Obama

"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."

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Porn star Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had a yearlong affair with Trump
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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 21: Adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels attends the 2017 Adult Video News Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 21: Actress Stormy Daniels arrives at the 2017 Adult Video News Awards held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 18: Adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels appears at the Wicked Pictures booth at the 2017 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 18, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 18: Adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels appears at the Wicked Pictures booth at the 2017 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 18, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 23: Adult film actor/musician Brendon Miller (L) and his wife, adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels, attend the 2016 Adult Video News Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 23: Adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels attends the 2016 Adult Video News Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Adult film actress Stormy Daniels arrives for the 2016 XBIZ Awards held at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on January 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 22: Adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels poses at the Wicked Pictures booth at the 2015 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 22, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 22: Adult film actresses/directors jessica drake (L) and Stormy Daniels pose at the Wicked Pictures booth at the 2015 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 22, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY 03: Stormy Daniels attends Exxxotica 2014 on May 3, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 16: Adult film actress Stormy Daniels attends the 2014 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 16, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 16: Adult film actress Stormy Daniels attends the 2014 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 16, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05: Adult film actress Stormy Daniels arrives at the Sapphire Pool & Day Club grand opening party on May 5, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 11: Adult film actress Stormy Daniels and adult film actor Brendon Miller arrive for the 2013 XBIZ Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on January 11, 2013 in Century City, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 11: Adult film actress Stormy Daniels arrives for the 2013 XBIZ Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on January 11, 2013 in Century City, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 20: Adult film actress Stormy Daniels appears during an autograph signing for Wicked Pictures at the 2012 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino January 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 21: Adult film actress Stormy Daniels (L), and her husband, adult film actor Brendon Miller, arrive at the 29th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino January 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 20: Adult film actress Stormy Daniels appears during an autograph signing for Wicked Pictures at the 2012 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino January 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 03: Stormy Daniels (R) arrives at Jet Nightclub at The Mirage on October 3, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Musician Dave Navarro and actress Stormy Daniels arrive at the premiere 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' at the Grauman's Chinese Theater on April 10, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 10: Musician Dave Navarro and actress Stormy Daniels arrive at the premiere 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' at the Grauman's Chinese Theater on April 10, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Stormy Daniels arrives at the 50th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 10, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Gabriel BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Actress Stormy Daniels arrives to the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 12: Actress Stormy Daniels arrives at a naughty night to remember at TAO Nightclub at The Venetian Hotel and Casino Resort on January 12, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Farina/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 12: Adult film actress Stormy Daniels (L) and radio talk show host Bubba the Love Sponge arrive at the 25th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center January 12, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 13: Stormy Daniels attends 'Superbad' Premiere Los Angeles - Arrivals at Mann's Chinese Theatre on August 13, 2007 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 13: Actress Stormy Daniels attends the premiere of Superbad at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 13, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
Stormy Daniels during 'Knocked Up' Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at Mann's Village Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc for Variety Magazine)
Stormy Daniels during 'Knocked Up' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Stormy Daniels and Gerard Butler (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Stormy Daniels during GQ Magazine Celebrates Heineken Premium Light at Les Deux in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by M. Tran/FilmMagic)
Ron Jeremy and Stormy Daniels during Ron Jeremy Birthday Bash Hosted by Stormy Daniels in Association with Penthouse and Esterman - March 10, 2007 at Element in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Enos Solomon/FilmMagic)
Ron Jeremy and Stormy Daniels (Photo by Enos Solomon/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 13: Dieter Esch, head of Wilhelmina Models (L), and adult film actress Stormy Daniels arrive at the 24th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center January 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 13: Adult film actress Stormy Daniels arrives at the 24th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center January 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Stormy Daniels (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 2: Socialite Stormy Daniels attends the Grand Opening of An Original Penguin on November 2, 2006 Hollywood, California. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 2: Socialite Stormy Daniels attends the Grand Opening of An Original Penguin on November 2, 2006 Hollywood, California. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images)
Stormy Daniels during 'The Bliss' Los Angeles Screening - Arrivals at Cinespace in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 28: Adult film actress Stormy Daniels presents a creation by Junker Designs during a fashion show debuting the company's new collection at the Rainbow Bar & Grill as part of the MAGIC convention August 28, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Stormy Daniels (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
Stormy Daniels (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 03: Adult film actress Stormy Daniels arrives at the first annual Head to Hollywood Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament and Auction at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino June 3, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The charity, founded by actress Carmen Electra and Us Weekly editor Ken Baker, provides brain tumor survivors and their families a VIP celebrity experience in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Actresss Stormy Daniels arrives to the Sheila and Lynn Marbry's Elevate Hope Foundation 'Circle of Passion' pre-Oscar benefit event at the Pacific Design Center Sunday evening. (Photo by Axel Koester/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actresses Stormy Daniels (R) and Kristen Price arrive to the Sheila and Lynn Marbry's Elevate Hope Foundation 'Circle of Passion' pre-Oscar benefit event at the Pacific Design Center Sunday evening. (Photo by Axel Koester/Corbis via Getty Images)
Jose Canseco and Stormy Daniels during Guy's North in Studio City Grand Opening - Red Carpet and Inside at Guys North in Studio City, California, United States. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage for BWR Public Relations)
Pornstar, Stormy Daniels AKA Stormy Waters during Missy Elliot Hosts Yahoo! Music's Exclusive Grammy After Party at Mood in Hollywood, CA, United States. (Photo by Derek Bauer/FilmMagic)
Stormy Daniels and Jose Canseco during Yahoo! Music and Missy Elliot Post-Grammy Event at Mood in Hollywood, CA, United States. (Photo by M. Phillips/WireImage for Strategic Group)
Stormy Daniels AKA Stormy Waters, Wicked Contract Performer (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 10: Dave Navarro and Stormy Daniels attend The Universal Pictures Premiere of Forgetting Sarah Marshall at Graumans Chinese Theatre on April 10, 2008 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 27: Comedian Dane Cook with Stormy Daniels attend a signing for his new CD/DVD 'Retaliation' at Tower Records on July 27, 2005 in Hollywood California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 27: Stormy Daniels attends a signing for Comedian Dane Cook's new CD/DVD 'Retaliation' at Tower Records on July 27, 2005 in Hollywood California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
Angel Cassiday and Stormy Daniels AKA Stormy Waters (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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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.

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U.S. President Donald Trump talks with the reporters as his son Barron waits for him while departing the White House for Palm Beach, in Washington D.C., U.S. November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
11-year-old Barron Trump waits for his Dad, President Donald Trump as he speaks to reporters, before their departure for the Thanksgiving Holiday, from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. The Trumps are going to their Mar-a-Lago resort for the holiday. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump leaves the White House with First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump, as they depart for the Thanksgiving Holiday from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. The Trumps are going to their Mar-a-Lago resort for the holiday. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Barron Trump (L) looks on as his father US President Donald Trump (R) speaks during the pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump (R) and their son Barron look on after Trump pardoned the turkey, Drumstick, during the ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
11-year-old Barron Trump, stands next to his Dad, President Donald Trump, as he speaks at the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on November 21, 2017. President Trump pardoned Drumstick, a 40-pound White Holland breed raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, who will live out his days at 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron walk on South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., from Camp David, August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron walk on South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., from Camp David, August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron walk on South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., from Camp David, August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, their son Barron (R) and Trump's grandchildren Arabella (obscured) and Joseph walk from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., before their departure to Camp David, August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Without protective glasses on, Melania Trump looks up at the solar eclipse as U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up with his son Barron at this side at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, their son Barron and Ivanka Trump (L) walk out from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., before their departure to Camp David, August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump applauds as he walks with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron (L) on the South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., after a vacation in Bedminster, NJ., August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron on the South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., after a vacation in Bedminster, NJ., August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump walks with his son Barron on the South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., after a vacation in Bedminster, NJ., August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Joint Base Andrews with his wife Melania and son Barron in Maryland, U.S., August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump with first lady Melania and their son Barron walk to the White House in Washington, U.S. following their arrival from Camp David June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
U.S. President Donald Trump with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron arrive at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, U.S., after a weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump with first lady Melania and their son Barron walk out from the White House in Washington, U.S., before their departure to Camp David, June 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania and their son Barron leave the Oval Office of the White House during their departure for Bedminster, New Jersey, in Washington, DC, U.S., June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump with first lady Melania and their son Barron walk to the White House in Washington, U.S. following their arrival from Camp David June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania and their son Barron walk along the South Lawn of the White House during their departure for Bedminster, New Jersey, in Washington, DC, U.S., June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump return to the White House on November 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. The first family is returning after a multi day trip to Florida over the Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
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