ABC’s Live ‘Jeffersons’ Remake a Ratings Winner

Published: Friday 24th May 2019 by Rashad

A Jimmy Kimmel-curated ode to the legendary television creations of Norman Lear led to ABC winning the TV ratings war on Wednesday (May 22).

Titled “‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons,'” the special – directed by James Burrows and executive produced by Brent Miller, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Justin Theroux – took viewers down memory lane by recreating an original episode from each of the named series.

Led by an all-star cast including Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, comedians Wanda Sykes and Will Ferrell, Anthony Anderson, Woody Harrelson, Kerry Washington, and many more, the showing not only earned a load of laughs but saw its parent network, ABC, laugh all the way to the top of the night’s Nielsen ratings charts.

Curious to see just how many tuned in?  Look below to find out:

Viewership = 10.4 million

The ABC special “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” handily walked away with Wednesday night in the overnight ratings.

Live in Front of a Studio Audience” pulled in a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.4 million viewers. For comparison, its closest competition in the demo were the season finales of “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire,” which each drew a 1.1 rating. Its closest competition in total viewers was also “Med” and “Fire,” which each drew around 7.4 million viewers. [source]

[main photo courtesy:  ABC]

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  1. Jeans May 25, 2019

    Here we go…..They will begin to do other shows now. Let the floodgates open

  2. Casual May 25, 2019

    This is totally surprising to me, but I am so glad that there was so much interest in one of our cultural landmarks after 40 years.

  3. Brazio May 25, 2019

    Good job

  4. Brent Christopher May 25, 2019

    I AM NOT IN THE MOOD for a constant live recycling of these damn shows!!

    The Jeffersons was really GOOD and nostalgic. Marla Gibbs appearing as FLORRENCE was the icing on the cake.

    It was a classic moment & quite emotional.

  5. olusheyi banjo May 25, 2019

    That is awesome news

  6. Chillitsjustpizza May 25, 2019

    We need Maude and Sanford and son.

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