Nik Wallenda Survived ‘Volcano Live’ But ABC Didn’t in Ratings Disaster

The ratings erosion has been an unfortunate trend for Wallenda and ABC over their longstanding partnership

Tragedy averted, but not without a casualty. Nik Wallenda successfully traversed the 1,800-foot-long tightrope stretched across the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, but ABC was the one hurting Wednesday night.

In its 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. time slot, “Volcano Live With Nik Wallenda” ranked last among the Big 4 broadcast networks  — CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC — in all 10 of the demos that anyone really cares about, according to Nielsen’s Live + Same Day official-national ratings.

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Tony Maglio

TV Editor • • Twitter: @tonymaglio

Tim Baysinger

TV reporter • • Twitter: @tim_bays