Viewers weren’t too interested in hearing more from Bill Cosby’s accusers, as A&E drew a small-ish audience on Thursday for its special “Cosby: The Women Speak.”
Nielsen estimates that an average of 1.11 million watched the hourlong program at 9 p.m., making it the night’s 30th most popular cable telecast. The viewership was on par with the most-watched programs on A&E in the last two weeks (1.14 million for “Wahlburgers” and 1.13 million for “Storage Wars”).
“Women Speak” also did a 0.30 rating in adults 18-49 and a 0.33 in adults 25-54, ranking 31st and 34th among cable shows, respectively.
In the program, more than a dozen of women who have made sexual-assault allegations against comedian Bill Cosby told their stories on camera.
More than 50 women have now come forward with accusations against Cosby of sexual assault throughout the decades. The accusations saw little action until last year, when comedian Hannibal Buress brought them up in a stand-up bit, shining a new light on the allegations and causing more women to speak out.
The Cosby special was produced for A&E by Lincoln Square Productions. Jeanmarie Condon serves as senior executive producer and Melia Patria exec produces. Executive producers for A&E are Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson.