Bruce Jenner Interview with Diane Sawyer Drew a Massive 16.9 Million Viewers

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 04:  Television personality Bruce Jenner attends the 13th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational gala at the ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter on April 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational)

Bruce Jenner’s exclusive sit-down with Diane Sawyer proved to be ratings gold for ABC.

The two-hour special, which saw Bruce finally reveal that he’s transgender after months of speculation, was watched by nearly 17 million viewers and notched a sizable 5.2 rating among adults 18 to 49.

For those of you who need a point of comparison, Bruce’s interview performed on a par with FOX’s colossal hit show Empire, which is incredible considering that Friday night is often deemed the graveyard slot in American television.

Even more incredible is that Bruce’s tell-all nearly quadrupled 20/20‘s typical Friday night audience. In fact, ABC reported that Bruce’s interview was the top-rated Friday airing of 20/20 since 2000.

No doubt that ABC executives are currently celebrating this morning.

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