Trump Interview Gives 'Meet The Press' The Highest Ratings In 18 Months

With 3.6M viewers, Meet the Press with Chuck Todd was #1 across the board on August 16, delivering its biggest total viewer audience since February 9, 2014

Donald Trump is indeed a “ratings machine,” which he hastens to tell almost every interviewer he comes across.

The reality TV star’s interview with NBC's “Meet the Press” Sunday -- which sister network MSNBC went on to play ad nauseam -- garnered the show its highest ratings in 18 months, as 3.6 million viewers tuned in. More than a million of them were from the coveted 25-54 demographic.

The show's ratings surge beat out ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” in the same time slot by 775,000 and 1.2 million viewers, respectively.

It's certainly good news for "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd, who took the helm a year ago, and for NBC: The more viewers the better. But Trump’s effect on viewership raises an ethical question: Does ratings might make right?

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