10 Highest-Rated TV Specials of 2019: From Hostless Oscars to ‘Little Mermaid Live’ (Photos)
The Emmys missed the cut this year, but the rest of these did not
Tony Maglio | December 20, 2019 @ 9:42 AM
Last Updated: December 20, 2019 @ 9:53 AM
With increased competition and a general downward trend in live viewing, television specials tend to feel, well, less special with each passing year. There are still quite a few annual must-see live-TV hours -- and no, we're not even talking about sports (for this one).
From the Oscars to the Emmys and everything toward the top, TheWrap ranked the 10 highest-rated broadcast-television entertainment specials of 2019. All numbers in this story come from Nielsen's Live + Same Day data set and measures adults 18-49, the demographic most sought after by advertisers on entertainment programming.
Thanks to ABC's "The Little Mermaid Live," we've got a musical on the list again this year. We declined to include the Oscars red carpet half-hours this time around, as they would bump a few standalone specials from the Top 10.