An expensive and highly-publicized September 11 ABC "docudrama" was soundly defeated in overnight Nielsen ratings by Sunday Night Football, RAW STORY has learned.Yes it was almost beat by the Simpsons.
Early indications are that the "miniseries event" actually tied a rerun of a documentary on the same subject, and barely edged out the eighteenth season premiere of The Simpsons.
The New York vs. Indianapolis game earned rival NBC a 15.1/23 rating, according to overnight returns.This is a self inflicted wound by Disney. It is a PR nightmare with no payback. People will lose their jobs over this.
Part one of ABC's "Path to 9/11," in comparison, earned a rating of 8.2/12--about half as many viewers. This tied a CBS repeat of a documentary, also about the September 11, 2001 attacks on America. The CBS repeat was somewhat handicapped by a half hour delay caused by an overrun of a U.S. Open Tennis match.
The season opener of The Simpsons looks to have come in third with an 8.1/12, considered to be healthy for such a long-running series.