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
“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]