Gay parenting special scores big ratings for Nickelodeon

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com June 20 2002 11:00 PM ET

Variety reports that while Nickelodeon's special on gay parenting may have drawn criticism from conservative religious groups, the controversy didn't hurt the show's ratings. The Nick News special "My Family Is Different," which aired Tuesday, drew 976,000 adults 18-49, the highest-ever ratings in that demographic for the network's news specials. Among viewers aged 12-17, 145,000 tuned in, ratings topped only by a 1999 program on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a 1997 show on kids with disabilities.