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.




Popular on Variety

More TV

  • TV News Roundup: Netflix Drops Trailer

    TV News Roundup: Netflix Drops Trailer for Ryan Murphy's 'The Politician' (Watch)

    In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix has drops the first trailer for “The Politician,” and “Killing Eve” adds two to its cast for season 3.  CASTING Harriet Walter and Danny Sapani, both alums of “The Crown,” are set to join the cast of “Killing Eve” for its third season. British writer Suzanne Heathcote, whose past credits include [...]

  • Lady Gaga

    Variety Earns 14 Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Award Nominations

    Variety has received 14 Folio: Eddie & Ozzie award nominations for its coverage of the entertainment industry over the past year. The awards gala, which will take place at The Hilton Midtown in New York City on Oct. 30, celebrates publications that have demonstrated impressive investigative journalism, in addition to thoughtful digital and print design. [...]

  • Disneyland

    Disney Shares Slip Amid Reported Whistleblower Allegations of Inflated Revenue

    Sandra Kuba, a former senior financial analyst for Disney’s revenue operations unit, says she has filed a series of whistleblower tips with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging that the entertainment conglomerate repeatedly and systematically overstated its revenue for years, according to a MarketWatch report, by as much as $6 billion in a single [...]

  • Bob Bakish Joe Ianniello

    ViacomCBS Sets Board Members; Bob Bakish, Joe Ianniello New Deals Disclosed

    ViacomCBS has unveiled the 13 members of its board of directors and details of new employment contracts for president-CEO Bob Bakish and CBS chairman-CEO Joe Ianniello. The disclosure came Monday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, six days after Viacom and CBS at long last set an all-stock merger agreement valued at [...]

  • Carrie Underwood, left, and Reba McEntire

    CMAs Make Hosting Change: Brad Paisley Exits, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire Are In

    The CMA Awards have had the most consistent hosting situation of any music awards show in television, but 11 years after installing Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood as the reliable faces of the telecast, even ABC and the Country Music Association have decided it’s time for a switch. Come Nov. 13, Underwood will return for [...]

  • Ava Max iHeartRadio Wango Tango, Portraits,

    Megan Thee Stallion, CNCO, Ava Max to Perform at VMAs Pre-show

    CNCO, Megan Thee Stallion and “Sweet but Psycho” singer Ava Max (pictured) have been added to the performer lineup at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The three will take the stage during the VMAs’ red carpet pre-show, hosted by Terrence J and Nessa. Zara Larsson will join the two hosts as a special correspondent. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content