desperate-choices-to-save-my-child-logoNot every TV movie that aired against MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL on ABC was able to crush the pig-skinned egg-shaped sporting event, or could even get close to the ratings the games delivered. On October 5, 1992, Philadelphia crushed Dallas on ABC, while NBC took their latest TV movie offering DESPERATE CHOICES: TO SAVE MY CHILD to the viewers, who might have been impressed by the movie, but probably weren’t. NBC viewers most likely weren’t, since that Monday night, they were bleeding viewers from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. The day started off well with 21.8 million viewers for FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR, but the TV movie ended up with 16.3 million viewers, and a 12.4/19 in the Households.

The TV drama starring Joanna Kerns and Bruce Davison had them dealing against each other in court, after their daughter, portrayed by a young Reese Witherspoon in her second TV movie appearance, is stricken with leukemia. a court case ensues, and with it, a movie that was not good enough to blow away in the weekly Nielsen charts. DESPERATE CHOICES: TO SAVE MY CHILD (which was retitled “Solomon’s Choice” for VHS release and rebroadcasts) couldn’t even get near the CBS sitcoms competition in the ratings, and at the end of the week, the movie was #26 in the charts, which was between the two upper quarters back then.


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