Jackson Special Delivers for CBS

  • November 15, 2001
CBS's Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special helped the network score its best ratings on the night in more than eight years. According to Nielsen, the 9-11 p.m. special averaged a stunning 25.73 million viewers, a 10.9 rating, 26 share in adults 18-49 and an 8.9/23 in 18-34 -- the best scores in the two-hour block for CBS since part two of the February 1993 miniseries "Queen." It's also the largest audience for a music special on any network (excluding awards shows) since ABC's "Beatles Anthology" in November 1995.

The 200th episode of Frasier and its accompanying clip show averaged 19 million viewers, good enough for second place from 9-10 pm. Fox's much-hyped 24, meanwhile, continues to disappoint. The second episode placed fourth and lost 3 million viewers from last week's premiere.

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