By midnight, O.J. Simpson was in LAPD custody. He would soon be charged with the bloody murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and a waiter named Ronald Goldman.
Time has passed, and yet the Simpson saga of murder, race, gender and justice has shown it has staying power.
ESPN's "30 for 30" documentary, "O.J.: Made in America," has been both a critical and ratings hit. The first of five parts aired on ABC to over 3 million viewers last Saturday, winning its time slot.
Millions more watched a repeat of the first episode, followed by the second part, on Tuesday on ESPN, like ABC part of the Walt Disney Co. By midweek, ESPN made all five episodes available on demand and for bingeing, including on the WatchESPN app.
The network told CNBC episodes have averaged 2.3 million viewers, 90 percent more than the average audience for "30 for 30." On the WatchESPN app, 266,000 people have watched, the network said. Most of those have only watched the documentary through the app.
Then there's the documentary's impact on social media. "#OJMadeInAmerica has been a top Twitter trend in the United States and worldwide during all three of the premieres (of episodes)," the network said in a statement.
The ratings were even higher earlier this year for "The People v. O.J. Simpson," a dramatic recreation of the "Trial of the Century" on FX. The premiere drew 5 million viewers and an audience that grew to 8 million over three days as people watched the pilot on DVR. That was the largest audience ever for an FX premiere. Throw in other viewing methods like streaming or video on demand, and Fox reportedly estimated there was a regular audience of 13 million viewers watching a crime drama where everyone already knew the outcome.