Sunday, July 21, 2024

Ratings: Much Hyped Diane Sawyer Matthew Perry Interview Finished in 3rd Place Friday Night With Few New Scoops


Diane Sawyer’s much hyped interview with “Friends” star Matthew Perry was not the ratings blockbuster hoped for by the alphabet network.

The Sawyer special finished third in its time slot on ABC, well behind the World Series and CBS’s “SWAT.”

Sawyer pulled in 4.15 to “SWAT”;s 4.44 million. The World Series was up around 10 million.

Totals will be in tomorrow.

One show Sawyer- Perry did beat was NBC’s “Dateline,” which is often hosted by Perry stepdad, Keith Morrison. The white haired, deep voiced questioner narrates real life murder stories in a very entertaining way. Strangely, Sawyer never mentions that Perry and Morrison have been related for most of the “Friends” actor’s life.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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