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CNN’s Premiere of Series ‘The Eighties’ Wins in Demo Among News Networks

CNN’s trip back to “The Eighties” produced a timeslot demo win among the cable news channels Thursday night, standing as the Turner network’s second highest-rated Original Series launch to date.

In Nielsen’s preliminary nationals, “The Eighties” averaged 598,000 adults 25-54 from 9 to 11 p.m., beating out Fox News Channel (383,000) and MSNBC (300,000). In total viewers, the series premiere averaged 1.415 million to top MSNBC (1.344 million) but finished behind FNC (1.994 million).

“The Eighties: Raised on Television,” which chronicled major television moments of the decade including the “Who Shot J.R?” storyline on “Dallas” and the series finale of “MASH,” is the second most-watched CNN Original Series premiere ever both in total viewers and the demo (behind the recent launch of “Race for the White House: Kennedy vs. Nixon”) and the third highest CNN Original Series telecast to date.

In the demo, “The Eighties” more than doubled the network’s premiere of “The Sixties” (284,000 adults 25-54) and “The Seventies” (291,000). And in total viewers, it also bested both the debuts of “The Seventies” (887,000) and “Sixties” (1.39 million).

The seven-episode docuseries “The Eighties” is from Emmy Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO and Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Herzog. The next episode, “The AIDS Crisis,” will air next Thursday.




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