Nat Geo’s ‘The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?’ Ratings Edges Out ’80s Miniseries

0.8 rating in key demo is network’s second-best July number ever

Last Updated: July 16, 2014 @ 4:16 PM

Sorry Garbage Pail Kids card collectors and New Coke fans: National Geographic Channel’s miniseries “The ’90s: The Last Great Decade” pulled in 1.10 million viewers on Sunday, slightly topping 2013’s ’80s version (1.09 million).

With a 0.8 rating in the network’s key 25-54 demographic, “The ’90s” is the second highest-rated July telecast ever on Nat Geo Channel. Narrated by Rob Lowe, the miniseries continues Monday (“Friends & Enemies”) and concludes on Tuesday (“Politically Incorrect”). Both air at 9 p.m.

“The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us” debuted in April 2013.

Also read: Nat Geo Execs Get Into the 90s Groove, Dance ‘The Macarena’ (Exclusive Video)

Tonight’s hour covers the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas; alien conspiracies and “The X-Files”; Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan’s Olympic face-off; the rise of Jerry Springer’s reality show; the tragic Oklahoma City bombing; the O.J. Simpson trial; the murder of Matthew Shepard; and introduces the country to its newest group of (TV) “Friends.”

Tomorrow night’s finale delves into the dot-com bubble; the rise of Viagra; the White House scandals of President Bill Clinton and the Starr Report; the death of Princess Diana; the terrifying Columbine shootings; the growing al-Qaida menace; the unexpected popularity of “The West Wing”; and the panic surrounding Y2K.

Nutopia’s Jane Root and Peter Lovering are executive producers on the miniseries, supervising producer is Fred Hepburn. For National Geographic Channels, Erik Nelson and Michael Cascio are executive producers.


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