ABC took viewers back in time Wednesday night when it aired Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons,’ the recreations of two episodes of the legendary sitcoms, with an all-star cast taking on the iconic roles.
The one-night 90-minute special was a staged performance in front of a live audience and featured Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes as George and Louise Jefferson, Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei as Archie and Edith Bunker, Will Ferrell and Kerry Washington as Tom and Helen Willis.
One of the most talked about moments of the night came when Jamie Foxx messed up a line and acknowledged it before carrying on. While delivering his lines during a scene in the Bunker home, Foxx couldn’t get his words out correctly, so he decided to address the flub. “It’s live! Everyone sitting at home just thinking their TV just messed up”.
Watch the clip below.
The special averaged 10.4 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating, dominating the night in both measures while giving ABC its most watched season-ending Wednesday in 12 years.