TV Ratings: 'All in the Family,' 'Jeffersons' Live Special Scores

ABC's re-creation of Norman Lear's classic sitcoms delivers an across-the-board win Wednesday night.
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ABC's live renditions of classic sitcoms All in the Family and The Jeffersons closed out the season with strong ratings Wednesday night. 

The 90-minute special, Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons, averaged 10.36 million viewers and a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. That's more than double ABC's average viewership for the time period this season and a roughly 50 percent bump in the 18-49 demographic.

Not counting awards shows, the special delivered ABC's largest total audience in the time period since September 2012 and carried the network to its best season-ending Wednesday since 2007.

Follow-up show All About All in the Family and The Jeffersons drew a 1.4 in the 18-49 demo, and the finale of Whiskey Cavalier drew a 0.7 and 3.8 million viewers — its best showing since March 6.

The final night of the September-to-May TV season also brought the finales of all three Chicago shows on NBC. Chicago Med and Chicago Fire both held steady week to week at 1.1 in adults 18-49 (and were up over last year's finales), while Chicago PD was off slightly at 0.9.

Two hours of The Amazing Race on CBS averaged a 0.8 in the demo, and the season finale of SEAL Team posted a 0.7, up a tick from a week ago.  

Fox got a 0.6 from its second Masterchef Celebrity Family Showdown, followed by a 0.5 for a repeat of 24 Hours to Hell and Back. The CW's My Last Days (currently 0.2) and Jane the Virgin (0.3) may be inflated due to a preemption for baseball in New York City.

ABC's 1.3 average in adults 18-49 topped the network race, beating NBC's 1.0. CBS came in third at 0.8, followed by Fox, 0.6, Telemundo and Univision, 0.4 each, and The CW, 0.2.

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