The Tonya & Nancy show continued to produce big ratings for CBS, as Harding’s interview on “Eye to Eye With Connie Chung” last Thursday generated the web’s highest rating there with regular programming in more than four years.
Heightened awareness of the Winter Olympics brought about by the scandal was also apparent in Nielsen overnights for Saturday’s opening ceremonies, which averaged a 21.0 rating, 34 share in primetime, loosely compared to a 14.5/24 in Nielsen nationally for the equivalent night two years ago.
Offering a semi-exclusive Harding interview, “Eye to Eye” (17.4/28) knocked “PrimeTime Live” to its knees, as the ABC News magazine scored its lowest rating (10.8/18) this season.
NBC nevertheless had another huge night with its Thursday
1sitcom block, as “Mad About You” and “Wings” continue to soar — the latter surpassed its time-slot record for the third time in the last five weeks — and “Frasier” retained 96% of its lead-in from “Seinfeld,” which delivered huge 40 -plus shares in all key demographics.
ABC won Friday in the metered markets despite stiff competition from the Miss USA Pageant on CBS, whose measurements will likely improve when national figures are reported Tuesday.