Blasts From Sitcom Past Score Viewers; Nielsen Week In Review
This image released by ABC shows Marisa Tomei as Edith Bunker, left, and Woody Harrelson as Archie Bunker in "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'," special which aired on Wednesday, May 22. According to Nielsen figures out Wednesday, May 29, ABC's live re-creation of episodes of "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" ranked among last week's most-watched programs. (Eric McCandless/ABC via AP)
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Blasts from the past proved irresistible to viewers, who flocked to live versions of a pair of classic sitcoms and a special about a 20th-century TV beauty.

ABC's re-creation of episodes of "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" was among last week's most-watched programs with 10.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen figures released Wednesday.

Woody Harrelson played Archie Bunker, the role originated by the late Carroll O'Connor on "All in the Family," with Jamie Foxx following in the footsteps of Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson.

A "Nightline" program on the do-overs of producer Norman Lear's famed 1970s and '80 comedies also landed in the top 10, with an ABC documentary on the life and career of Farrah Fawcett coming in at No. 12.

The actress, who shot to fame in the "Charlie's Angels" series in 1976 and later appeared in the sitcom "Spin City" and in movies and on stage, died of cancer in 2009 at age 62.

NBC, powered by "The Voice" and its "Chicago" drama franchise, was the week's most-watched broadcast network with an average 4.35 million viewers, just squeezing past CBS' 4.33 million. ABC averaged 3.87 million, Fox had 2.5 million, ION Television had 1.27 million, Univision with 1.26 million, Telemundo 1.1 million and the CW 610,000.

Turner, home to several NBA playoff games, was the top-rated cable network with an average 2.6 million viewers. Fox News Channel had 2.4 million, followed by MSNBC with 1.6 million and ESPN with 1.4 million.

ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.1 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" was second with 7.2 million and the "CBS Evening News" averaged 5.4 million viewers.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for May 20-26. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

1. "NCIS," CBS, 12 million.
2. "Live: All in the Family-The Jeffersons," ABC, 10.4 million.
3. NBA Playoffs: Golden State at Portland, ESPN, 7.99 million.
4. "The Voice," NBC, 7.97 million.
5. "Nightline: All in the Family-The Jeffersons," ABC, 7.7 million.
6. "Chicago Med," NBC, 7.5 million.
7. "Chicago Fire," NBC, 7.49 million.
8. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 7.4 million.
9. "Chicago P.D.," NBC, 6.6 million.
10. NBA Playoffs: Milwaukee at Toronto, Turner, 6.4 million.
11. NBA Playoffs: Toronto at Milwaukee, Turner, 6.3 million.
12. "This Is Farrah Fawcett," ABC, 5.8 million.
13. "The Big Bang Theory: The Special," CBS, 5.7 million.
14. "Blood & Treasure," CBS, 5.6 million.
15. "60 Minutes Presents," CBS, 5.57 million.
16. "Young Sheldon," CBS, 5.4 million.
17. NBA Playoffs: Milwaukee at Toronto, Turner, 5.36 million.
18. "Young Sheldon: Special," CBS, 5.3 million.
19. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 4.9 million
20. "The Code," CBS, 4.7 million.

ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal; Turner is owned by WarnerMedia.


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