For all those concerned that all the 25th anniversary revisitings of the 1993 Branch Davidian crisis would once again blacken Waco's eye, here's a bit of ratings news that might ease the worry.
A grain of salt or two before beginning: The numbers available won't match up for a straight comparison as they represent different nights and dates.
The Nielsen ratings for the first episode (Jan. 24) of Paramount Network's six-part "Waco" miniseries, as reported in Variety, had that episode pulling a 0.4 rating among adults 18 to 49 years old and an estimated 1.11 million viewers.
Those numbers apparently slipped by the second episode (Jan. 31) as the show doesn't appear in the Top 25 cable programs (for adults 18-49) for Jan. 31, as reported by tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com.
The ratings for the most recent "Fixer Upper" episode (Feb. 6) showed a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and an estimated 2.76 million viewers. (For context, the History Channel's "Curse of Oak Island" that same night had 3.3 million viewers while CBS's "Bull," on at the same time as "Fixer Upper," had 10.68 million viewers.)
The two broadcast television specials on the Branch Davidian raid/siege/fire, CBS's "Secrets of Waco" (Dec. 29) and ABC's "Truth and Lies: Waco" (Jan. 4), drew audiences of 5 million viewers each.