Ratings: Live Sitcoms Dominate, Lead ABC to a 12-Year Audience High; Whiskey Cavalier Ends on 11-Week High

All in Family Live Ratings Jeffersons

ABC’s live, star-studded, 90-minute staging of All in the Family and The Jeffersons episodes averaged 10.4 million total viewers and a 1.8 demo rating (per finals), dominating the night in both measures while giving the network its most watched season-ending Wednesday in 12 years.

In the demo, Live in Front of a Studio Audience Yada Yada marked ABC’s third highest comedy telecast of the season, trailing only the first two episodes of The Conners.

TVLine readers gave All in the Family an average grade of “B-” and The Jeffersons rated a “B+,” while 83 percent voted that ABC should do more of these specials. And you have to think they now will! Ka-ching.

Leading out of the live sitcoms, a special about Norman Lear did 7.8 mil and a 1.4, while Whiskey Cavalier (3.6 mil/0.7, TVLine reader grade “A-“) hit an 11-week demo high (since its first Wednesday outing) with its ABC finale.


CBS | Leading out of The Amazing Race (4.3 mil/0.8), SEAL Team (4.2 mil/0.7, TVLine reader grade “A-“) ticked up with its Season 2 finale.

NBC | The finales of Chicagos Med (7.6 mil/1.1, reader grade “B”), Fire (7.5 mil/1.1, “A-“) and P.D. (6.6 mil/1.0, “B+”) were steady in the demo.

THE CW | With Yankee baseball now subtracted out: Leading out of My Last Days (460K/0.1), Jane the Virgin (480K/0.2) was steady in the demo while slipping to an all-time audience low.

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