1969 was a storied year in American life. Now ABC has introduced the 1969 TV show, a docu-series that aims to explore the rarely told stories behind celebrated (and infamous) people and events of the time. Can it earn the kind of Nielsen ratings that will convince ABC to make another season (perhaps based on a different year), or is this a one-and-done kind of program? Cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.
An ABC News production, 1969 features archival footage, as well as in-person commentary from news makers of the year that brought us the lunar landing, Woodstock, the Manson murders, and more. Contemporary personalities Black Thought, Jazz Jennings, and Laverne Cox also offer their takes on the news that was.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like the 1969 TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a second season on ABC? Should ABC News profile a different year?