Ratings: ABC's Tightrope Walker Stomps on Competition, Disney Flick Shines Fine

Niagara Falls Tightrope Walk 2012ABC’s coverage of Nik Wallenda’s highwire walk over the precipice at Niagara Falls found very firm footing on Friday night, racing past all comers with an average of 8.7 million total viewers and a 2.1 rating while scoring a few superlatives along the way.

Opening the night for the Alphabet network, Countdown to Niagara: The Greatest Megastunts of All Time drew 5.7 million viewers and a 1.2 rating.

Then from 9 to 11 pm, Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls – Live! captivated 10.1 million total viewers while netting a 2.5 rating, more than doubling second-place Dateline (4.8 mil/1.2) on both counts.

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The live two-hour special surrounding Wallenda’s precarious promenade stands as the most-watched non-sports summertime telecast on the major networks since at least 2006, and gave ABC its largest audience in that Friday block in more than 5-1/2 years.

All told, ABC enjoyed its most-watched Friday since November 2007.

Also filed under “Things Matt And/Or His Sons Watched Last Night”: Disney Channel’s Let It Shine premiered to 5.7 million total viewers and emerged as the year-to-date’s No. 1 TV-movie amongst Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14.