Ratings: Bruce Jenner Interview Draws Nearly 17 Million Viewers to ABC

Bruce Jenner Interview Ratings

ABC’s special two-hour 20/20 broadcast, Bruce Jenner: The Interview, delivered (and hopefully enlightened the better part of) 16.9 million total viewers while scoring a 5.2 demo rating on Friday night.

That’s an increase of 300 percent and more than 400 percent versus the newsmagazine’s week-ago broadcast, delivering its best Friday numbers in more than 15 years (a March 2000 interview with John and Patsy Ramsey).

Opening ABC’s night, Shark Tank settled into its new time slot with 7.8 mil and a 1.7, up 20 and 13 percent week-to-week.

Elsewhere….

NBC | Grimm (4.7 mil/1.0) added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.

CBS | Amazing Race (6 mil/1.1) and Hawaii Five-0 (8.3 mil/1.1) each added some viewers while steady in the demo; Blue Bloods (9.8 mil/1.0) slipped 5 percent and two tenths to season lows.

THE CW | Pending adjustment due to MLB preemptions in New York, Hartford and Chicago, Cedric’s Barber Battle (1.4 mil/0.4) rose from its premiere, Whose Line (1.3 mil/0.4) was flat and The Messengers (1.2 mil/0.4) ticked up a tenth.

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23 Comments
  1. Laurie says:

    He was very articulate. Explaining how he has been feeling all these years. Expectations, fear, afraid to hurt his family, all the reasons why he has waited so long. I wish Bruce the best.

  2. Rebecca says:

    I despise everything about the Kardashians, but I could not be more proud of Bruce, very brave thing to do.

  3. Mr. Tran K says:

    Last night’s Hawaii Five-0 was a Hangover-like episode and do hangovers happen on a Friday night? BTW, isn’t guest star Kevin Farley the brother of the late Chris Farley?

  4. Katie says:

    Bruce said he is only attracted to women so does that make him a lesbian now?

    • erd says:

      If you watched the interview you would have his answer, “asexual, for now.” But more importantly this So, Sawyer asked, is she a lesbian?

      “You’re going back to the sex thing, and it’s apples and oranges,” said Jenner, who has been married three times. “Sexuality is who you are personally attracted to. But gender identity is who you are as a person and your soul and who you identify as inside.”

  5. justsomeguy says:

    You have to be true to whoever you are in your heart. To not be true to yourself is basically suicide. I’m happy he’ll have the chance to be who he is. I still think it’s weird though.

  6. Tracy says:

    What a sad commentary that people have nothing better to do with their time!

  7. Jerri says:

    So many airheads in this world, and they all tuned in to ABC to watch this stuff. And poor Kim K and co, they now have to attend therapy to be able to deal with Bruce Jenner. I wonder if they will be taping the therapy sessions and releasing them for all the world to see? Side note: can someone come out with an app or a plug in that blocks all mention of Kim K, Jenner and co from the Internet? You can’t go to an entertainment website or a news site without stumbling on an article or a whole bunch of articles discussing the finer points of Kim K, her hubby and their kid or any of the sisters and which mag they posed nude for now.

    • Lizo says:

      If they do show the sessions on tv, I would think a lot of people would be interested in it. Regardless of what the Kardashians are, celebrity wise, Bruce is bringing a lot of attention to the issue and showing how his family reacts might be very helpful for the families of other transitioning people.

  8. Brenda Mayer says:

    Missed the Bruce Jenner interview. Wanting to know if it’s going to re air on TV. Thank You

  9. HAP says:

    Almost 17 million voyeurs! I don’t give a crap about the story. Sad state of our society.

    • Jade says:

      You care enough to comment on this page though. Sad state of our society? Why because people are interested in hearing a story about transgender people. You’re the state.

  10. bob goodman says:

    Good show but to me he came across as not likeable

  11. Nick says:

    WHY PEOPLE WHY???

  12. Scott says:

    so Bruce is transJenner?

  13. Susan says:

    The Diane Sawyer interview with Bruce Jenner was excellent. Diane was classy, caring, an excellent interviewer, but that wax expected. I hope Bruce Jenner can find the peace and person he should be. He was honest and insightful. It took a lot of courage to do that interview. He has the support of a very loving family. Hopefully he can change attitudes and help many struggling people.

  14. MTB says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! OMG! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That is 17 million screwed up people. Oh! I’m sorry. 17 million and 1. Forgot what ever jenner is.

  15. David4 says:

    Disgusting….

    Of all the things to worry about let’s worry about one person’s gender!