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Ratings: Kimmel-Lear’s Live ‘All in the Family,’ ‘Jeffersons’ Special Moves ABC on Up to Top Wednesday

NBC comes in second on night of ”Chicago“ finales

ABC execs are probably quite pleased this morning, thanks to the ratings posted by Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” special, which put the network in first place among the sought-after adults 18-49 demographic and total viewers during Wednesday’s primetime.

The 90-minute event re-created one episode each of Lear sitcoms “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” featuring an all-star cast led by Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei starring as Archie and Edith Bunker, and Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes as George and Louise Jefferson. The special also included a surprise appearance from Marla Gibbs, who played Florence Johnston on the original “Jeffersons.”

From 8-9:30 p.m., “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” earned a 1.7 rating in the key 18-49 range and 10.4 million total viewers. With the special, ABC scored its most-watched September-to-May-season-closing Wednesday in 12 years.

Up against the Lear tribute, NBC settled for second place in the demo and in the overall-eyeballs tally, on the night all three of its “Chicago” procedurals aired their season finales.

ABC was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with 7.8 million, according to preliminary data from Nielsen. Following the live Kimmel-Lear special (which got the above-mentioned rating and total viewers, plus a 9 share), the “All About ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons'” tribute at 9:30 p.m. earned a 1.4/7 and 7.9 million viewers. At 10, the “Whiskey Cavalier” series finale received a 0.7/4 and 3.8 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.0/5 and in viewers with 7.2 million. At 8, the “Chicago Med” finale scored a 1.1/6 and 7.4 million viewers. At 9, the “Chicago Fire” season closer took a 1.1/5 and 7.5 million viewers. At 10, “Chicago PD” ended the night of finales with a 0.9/5 and 6.5 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.8/4 and in viewers with 4.3 million. At 8, “The Amazing Race” had a 0.9/5 and 4.5 million viewers. At 9, a second hour of the competition got a 0.7/4 and 4 million viewers. The “SEAL Team” Season 2 finale at 10 saw a 0.7/3 and 4.2 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 1.9 million. At 8, Part 2 of the “MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown” settled for a 0.6/3 and 2.1 million viewers. It was followed by a repeat.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Telemundo was fifth in viewers with 1.3 million and Univision was sixth with 1.2 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and 950,000 viewers. At 8, the “My Last Days” special managed a 0.2 an 952,000 viewers. “Jane the Virgin” at 9 closed the network’s primetime lineup with a 0.3 and 947,000 viewers.