Parks and Recreation, your reunion was a rainbow-infused space unicorn.
NBC’s pandemic-themed, fundraising A Parks and Recreation Special drew 3.7 million total viewers and a 1.4 rating, dominating Thursday night in the demo (even besting Young Sheldon‘s season finale).
TVLine readers gave the exactly-what-we-needed-right-now but over-too-quickly special an average grade of “A+.”
The money raised by the special ($2.8 million as of Friday morning, and growing) will go to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which enables food banks to provide food and resources to “the most vulnerable members of the community” during the pandemic. NBCUniversal, the Parks and Rec cast and sponsors State Farm and Subaru of America matched donations up to $500,000.
Leading into the reunion, a Parks and Rec-themed Paley Center special did 3.4 mil and a 1.0. Later in the night, Council of Dads‘ irregularly scheduled second episode did 2 mil and a 0.3 (versus its post-This Is Us premiere’s 3.8 mil/0.7).
THE CW | Katy Keene (446K/0.1) and In the Dark (392K/0.1) were both steady in the demo, though the former dipped to a new audience low.
CBS | Young Sheldon (10 mil/1.1; TVLine reader grade “A,” read post mortem) ticked up with its early finale. Man With a Plan (6.6 mil/0.7 and 6.2 mil/0.7), Broke (5.1 mil/0.6) and Tommy (5.2 mil/0.5) all added viewers while steady in the demo.
FOX | Last Man Standing (4.1 mil/0.7; TVLine reader grade “A,” read post mortem) was steady with its (early) finale.
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