TV ratings: Bruce Jenner interview nabs 16.9 million viewers

Bruce Jenner Boosts ABC Ratings as Millions Watch

Bruce Jenner's first interview about his gender transition nabbed big numbers for ABC Friday.

Diane Sawyer's exclusive 20/20 interview with the reality star, in which he declared "I am a woman," drew 16.9 million viewers and a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49.

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The interview will rank as the week's top-rated program and marks a nearly four-point increase from last week's ratings for Shark Tank (1.5 adults) and 20/20 (1.3) in the 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. hours, respectively.

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TV ratings: Bruce Jenner interview nabs 16.9 million viewers
Proud son.
so very proud of you, my hero.
..this isn't about me. I'm so proud of you, Dad. You are so brave. My beautiful Hero.
Just finished watching the #BruceJennerInterview with the family. Bruzer, I'm soooo proud of you! Dads really are heros ❤️
Sending lots of love and support to #BruceJenner and their family tonight. It is always brave to stand in one's truth. Congrats darling.
#BruceJennerABC Now that is bravery.❤️
Mazel Tov to #BruceJenner - very very brave!!!
As someone who struggles with gender identity, Bruce Jenner is giving me a voice, and I can't thank her enough for that. #BruceJennerABC
im rlly happy that this bruce jenner interview is respectful & educational which is a huge contrast from how other media have been reporting
This Bruce Jenner interview is very inspiring. No one should have to hide. The stigma towards LGBT people is responsible for so much pain.
some of us are too young to understand/remember what a MAJOR symbol bruce jenner was with the olympics this is huge for an older generation
Bruce Jenner's story is so inspiring. Sheds light on issues felt by the Trans community and how important it is for us to be good allies!
"We did 425 episodes and...the one real true story was the one we were hiding," said Bruce Jenner of Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Transphobia is a real thing. What Bruce Jenner is doing right now in the public eye is brave and commendable. What an awesome dude.
I have a ton of respect for Bruce Jenner, the man is very brave and honest. You have to respect that.
Bruce Jenner's message is strong and true. Be who you are and don't let people tell you any different.
I support Bruce Jenner because there's a lot of people who want to do the exact same thing and are too afraid. Be who you WANT to be.
Bruce Jenner: “I Am A Woman”
Good for Bruce Jenner. You get one life, live it to the fullest. Lots of courage to be this honest in public eye.

On social media, Jenner's interview was a big hit as well. The special drew 972,000 tweets from 403,000 unique authors, making it the most social Friday telecast of all time not including sporting events.

Leading into Jenner's interview, Shark Tank (1.7 adults) rose two-tenths at 8 p.m. ABC easily topped the night in the demo for the second evening in a row. The network tied CBS for first place on Thursday thanks to Patrick Dempsey's sudden exit from Grey's Anatomy.

The Amazing Race (1.1 adults) and Hawaii Five-0 (1.1 adults) were steady for CBS. Blue Bloods (1.0 adults) dipped two-tenths.

Grimm (1.0 adults) and a special two-hour Dateline (0.9 adults) were flat for NBC.

Barber Battle (0.4 adults) was up two-tenths. Whose Line is it Anyway and The Messengers (0.4 adults) were even for the CW.

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