*Rihanna’s “20/20” interview about the night she was beaten by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown has given the ABC news program a ratings win for Friday night and a record for the season.
Diane Sawyer’s exclusive interview with the singer drew 8.2 million viewers among adults 18-49. It also drew the show’s best 18-34 number in three years.
That was enough for ABC to tie usual Friday winner CBS in the adult demo, though CBS still won among total viewers.
During the interview, Rihanna described the horror she felt as her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown was biting and punching her during a violent argument in February, saying she saw “no soul in his eyes.”
“There was no person when I looked at him,” said the 21-year-old artist. “He had no soul in his eyes. Just blank.”