The Amy Fisher story continues to provide grist for the tabloid TV mill, as a special episode of “Geraldo” in which the show “tried” Joey Buttafuoco produced the program’s highest rating in New York in more than four years.
The hour, which aired in early fringe on WCBS-TV, garnered a whopping 10.4 rating, 25 share in Gotham’s Nielsen households, easily topping such competition as “Oprah” (7.7/18) and “Donahue” (5.3/12) on rival O&Os.
The numbers were the highest for “Geraldo” in New York since the chair-throwing skinhead brawl that aired in November 1988.
Attorneys for the Buttafuocos reportedly threatened to sue to stop airing of the show, but that didn’t dissuade syndicator Tribune Entertainment. Buttafuoco’s wife Mary Jo was the victim in the Fisher case–the subject of three high-rated network movies during a single week–while Fisher alleged that she had shot the woman because Buttafuoco was her lover.