Ratings for the first episode of When We Rise — the ABC miniseries written by out Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black that chronicles the modern LGBT rights movement — were the lowest among the big four networks during the 9 p.m. Monday timeslot, according to Deadline.
Opening to positive reviews and following ratings juggernaut The Bachelor, When We Rise pulled in 2.95 million viewers; that was still less than the audiences for sitcoms like CBS's Superior Donuts and Two Broke Girls, and police shows like Fox's APB. When We Rise did manage to best CW's Jane the Virgin, which brought in less than a million viewers.
Starring Guy Pearce, Mary Louise-Parker, Whoopi Goldberg, and Rosie O'Donnell as activists Cleve Jones, Roma Pauline Guy, Pat Norman, and Del Martin, respectively, When We Rise is a sprawling tale of queer liberation that covers the Stonewall riots to marriage equality to the transgender rights battle. Out director Gus Van Sant, Oscar-nominated for 2008's Milk, helmed the first of When We Rise's four episodes.