'Madam Secretary' premiere wins 14.3 mn viewers

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (C) poses with the cast and producers during the premiere of the new television series "Madam Secretary" in Washington on September 18, 2014 (AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm)

Washington (AFP) - Some 14.3 million Americans tuned in to watch Sunday's premiere of a new CBS drama that recalls Hillary Clinton's stint as US secretary of state, according to initial ratings data Monday.

"Madam Secretary," starring Tea Leoni, is the latest in a raft of US television series inspired by real-life drama in Washington's corridors of power.

Nielsen's "fast affiliate ratings" -- which are subject to revision as more detailed viewer data trickles in -- indicated it was the most-watched telecast after CBS's "60 Minutes" news magazine and live American football.

With the new US television season getting underway, "Madam Secretary " has attracted special interest just as Clinton is mulling another run for the White House in 2016.

The wife of former president Bill Clinton was President Barack Obama's first-term secretary of state.

She lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Obama in 2008.