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Ratings: “Descendants 3” Was Friday Night’s Most-Watched Original TV Broadcast

Disney Channel’s “Descendants 3” premiere fared well in the ratings.

No, it did not perform quite as well as “Descendants 2.”

Friday’s “Descendants 3” premiere did, however, post strong live+same-day numbers. It ranked as Friday night’s top original broadcast in total viewership and multiple youth and young adult demographics.

According to L+SD data posted by Showbuzz, Friday’s premiere drew a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating and averaged 4.59 million overall viewers. It also posted a 0.9 rating among adults 18-34. Demo numbers with youth viewers (particularly girls) were even stronger.

No other Friday broadcast drew better than a 0.6 in adults 18-49, a 0.5 in adults 18-34 and 3.37 million in overall viewership.

As is typically the case for high-profile Disney premieres, “Descendants 3” will pickup a considerable number of additional viewers from streaming, DVR, encores and on-demand.

— “Descendants 3” is the follow-up to 2017’s “Descendants 2,” which attracted 5.3 million viewers for its Disney Channel premiere. An ABC network simulcast added 2.4 million viewers.

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