‘Diff’rent Strokes’ and ‘Facts of Life’ Remakes Lead Tuesday Primetime Ratings

by Megan Molseed

While Tuesday night’s brand new edition of the groundbreaking special Live In Front of a Studio Audience didn’t quite hold up to the previous installations, it still did quite well in the ratings. Especially with adult audiences ages 18-49. Plus, with this nice size viewing audience, the popular special which featured live reenactments of both Diff’rent Strokes and Facts of Life was a perfect lead-in for the ABC new comedy series Abbott Elementary.

In this unique ABC special, stars come together to record a re-enactment of one episode from two of the most iconic television comedy shows from the 1970s and the 1980s.

The first of these specials premiered in 2018. This premiere includes one episode from the iconic 1970s and 1980s series The Jeffersons; as well as one episode from All In the Family.

After finding a huge audience in its premiere, the special returned in 2019. This time reenacting another episode of All In the Family. In addition, the special selected from Good Times’ successful run.

This year’s Tuesday evening Live In Front of a Studio Audience special featured re-creations of a favorite Facts of Life episode; as well as one episode from the popular sitcom series Diff’rent Strokes.

In total, the most recent Live In Front of a Studio Audience averaged a total of 4.8 million viewers. Quite the impressive show for the brief return of some comedy favorites!

However, even these strong numbers didn’t quite hold up to the ratings the network saw with the second installation of Live In Front of a Studio Audience which aired in December 2019. This episode of the popular special pulled in a total of 5.79 million viewers for the evening.

‘Diff’rent Strokes’ and ‘Facts of Life’ Re-enactments Still Bring In Incredible Numbers

The Hollywood Reporter does note that these numbers don’t necessarily reflect an audience’s lack of interest in the unique special.

According to reports, this rating slip falls right in line with the declining overall linear ratings that networks have seen over the last couple of years.

Over on CBS, the hit police procedural series FBI led the night when it came to viewership bringing in a total of 7.02 million viewers for the evening.

The People’s Choice Awards found some decent numbers Tuesday as well. This is as the awards special’s return to television for the first time in four years.

Of course, sports fans were likely glued to some higher channel network as TNT aired an NBA doubleheader.

First, the Lakers and the Celtics went head to head in Los Angeles. Later, the Brooklyn Nets traveled to Dallas to take on the Dallas Maverik’s.

These games scored the number one rating among viewers ages 18-49 for the evening.