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ABC’s Jackie Kennedy Special Makes Its Presence Felt in Tuesday Ratings, But NBC Gets the Win

Sep 14, 2011  •  Post A Comment

ABC’s two-hour news special “Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words” performed solidly among older viewers Tuesday night, but NBC’s reality lineup, led by “America’s Got Talent,” and its season premiere of “Parenthood” combined to give the Peacock Network a win in the 18-49 demo, TVbytheNumbers.com reports.

NBC averaged a 2.4 rating for the night in adults 18-49, topping Univision (1.8 average), ABC (1.7), CBS (1.6), CW (1.0) and Fox (0.9). CBS came out ahead in total viewers with an average of 8.9 million to 8.2 million for NBC, 7.6 million for ABC, 4.0 million for Univision, 2.3 million for Fox and 2.2 million for CW.

The “Kennedy” special averaged 8.4 million total viewers, with a 2.1 rating in the key news demo of adults 25-54. The special rose from its first to second hour to come in as the most-watched program for the 10 p.m. hour in total viewers.

At 8 p.m. ABC’s "Wipeout" had an average of 2.0 in the 18-49 demographic, ahead of NBC’s "It’s Worth What?" with a 1.1 and CW’s "90210" with a 0.85 average.

At 9 p.m. "America’s Got Talent" had a mean score of 3.6 in the 18-49 demographic. ABC’s "Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words" scored a 1.65 average in the 18-49 demo for the hour, and the new Sarah Michelle Gellar show on the CW, "The Ringer," debuted with a 1.2 in the 18-49 demographic for the hour.

The season premiere of NBC’s "Parenthood" at 10 p.m. logged a 2.3 average in the 18-49 demographic, ahead of the second hour of ABC’s "Kennedy" special, which had a 1.45 mean score for the hour in the same demo.

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