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ABC’s ‘Oprah Winfrey Presents’ Performs on Sunday, The WB’s ‘Starlet’ Fades Out

Mar 7, 2005  •  Post A Comment

ABC’s 2½-hour made-for-TV movie “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God” was the highest-rated program Sunday night, more than doubling its nearest competition in its time period in the adults 18 to 49 demographic.

“Their Eyes Were Watching God,” which starred Oscar winner Halle Berry, brought in an average audience of 24.6 million viewers and garnered an 8.7 preliminary national rating in the demo, according to Nielsen Media Research. That eclipsed its next closest competitors, repeats of CBS’s “CSI: Miami” at 9 p.m. (ET) and “CSI: NY” at 10 p.m., which both scored a 3.7 in the demo.

The TV movie gave ABC its largest audience in the Sunday 9-11p.m. time period in almost five years, excluding the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl. It was also ABC’s highest-rated TV movie in the demo in more than three years.

The debut of The WB’s reality series “The Starlet” at 8 p.m. did not generate such a ratings reaction. “Starlet” scored a 0.7 preliminary national rating in both adults 18 to 49 and persons 12 to 34. “Starlet” was down 59 percent from its time period season average in adults 18 to 49, and down 63 percent from the same average in persons 12 to 34.