Farrah Specials Beat The Jackson Ones
All four major TV networks aired news specials about Jackson Thursday. In addition, NBC reran its recent documentary about Farrah Fawcett, who also died Thursday and ABC also aired a 20/20 special about the actress. Somewhat surprisingly, the Fawcett specials drew larger audiences than the Jackson ones. Indeed, ABC's Fawcett documentary drew 8.23 million viewers and was by far the most-watched program of the night. By contrast, its Michael Jackson special, which aired an hour earlier, averaged 5.71 million viewers. CBS's Jackson special, which aired opposite ABC's Fawcett special drew 7.57 million viewers, while the two hours of NBC's Jackson and Fawcett coverage averaged 5.53 million viewers.