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September 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC on Sunday counterprogrammed NBC’s Sunday Night Football with the Miss America pageant. But — there she went — the beauty contest attracted just 6.7 million viewers — 25 percent fewer than a year ago. But it now turns out that the real counterprogramming champ of the night was the opening episode of PBS’s Ken Burns documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. The program averaged 9.06 million viewers in its initial run. (It was scheduled to be posted on PBS stations’ video sites beginning today.) It was not clear whether the audience figure released late on Monday was a final figure. Ordinarily PBS does not release overnight results because its affiliates often schedule their shows at different times and even different days. "We are thrilled that so many viewers tuned in to see this compelling American family drama," PBS programming chief Beth Hoppe said in a statement, adding that "audiences want to see their history told by our nation’s preeminent storyteller [Burns]."