Friday’s “Girl Meets World” possessed a more important goal than driving strong ratings.
Entitled “Girl Meets Farkle,” the special episode was designed to raise awareness about Asperger’s syndrome.
“Three experts consulted on the episode to help deliver an authentic storyline that can spark conversation among kids and their families,” noted Disney Channel in advance of Friday’s airing.
Those who are curious about the performance, however, should know that the episode reached 1.852 million viewers. It drew a 0.43 rating in adults 18-49 and a 0.41 in adults 18-34.
All three numbers trail those posted by the previous, August 21 “Girl Meets World” (0.46 in A18-49, 0.43 in A18-34, 2.257 million viewers).
This week’s viewership total actually represents a series low for the second-year comedy.
Despite the episode-to-episode decline, “Girl Meets World” still ranked Disney Channel’s #1 Friday night program — and it did so by a comfortable margin.
Lead-in “Jessie” posted a 0.27 in A18-49, a 0.24 in A18-34 and a viewership total of 1.440 million. Lead-out “I Didn’t Do It” garnered a 0.27 in A18-49, a 0.32 in A18-34 and a viewership total of 1.721 million viewers.