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Monday August 18, 2008 6:07 pm

Saturday Ratings: Michael Phelps Had the Country Watching




Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Specials, Sports, NBC, Ratings,

Michael Phelps

USA’s Olympic golden boy helped the Peacock network earn ratings gold this weekend.

Viewers, eager to see MIchael Phelps win his 8th gold medal turned, gave its largest Saturday audience since 1990.

That evening’s coverage drew an average of 31.1 million for the entirety of the sports coverage. Meanwhile, Phelps’ actual event - the 4x100m medley relay - drew approximately 40 million sets of eyeballs at the 11 p.m. hour.

Interested to know which program had couch potatoes watching on that Saturday 18 years ago? You can find out the surprising answer after the jump.

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Futon Critic

Answer: Empty Nest.

The spinoff attracted an estimated 31.4 million viewers on February 24, 1990.

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