Season finale, special win primetime ratings
The season finale of “Law & Order: SVU” drew both the top rating and most eyeballs Tuesday night, giving NBC a rare primetime win. The Peacock also fared well with its “Inside the Obama White House” special hosted by Brian Williams, where viewers got a look at the day in the life of the new president and the staff who work with him.CBS came in second with repeats of some of its top procedurals, plus a new installment of “48 Hours.” Fox saw disappointing numbers for the second week of “Mental,” which dropped significantly and doesn’t look to be a longtime player on the schedule. The second installment of “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien,” where Tom Hanks guested and Green Day performed, averaged a 5.0/12 in metered-market households, the highest overnight rating for a Tuesday “Tonight Show” in more than two years. That’s down 30% from Monday’s launch, when “Conan” earned a 7.1/17. According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Law & Order: SVU” (3.4 rating/9 share in the 18-49 demo, 11.3 million viewers), the most popular series of the “L&O” franchise, scored its biggest audience in more than a year. “Inside the Obama White House” (2.6/7, 9.1m), which airs its second hour at 9 p.m. tonight, won the hour Tuesday over “The Mentalist” (2.3/7, 10.8m). “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here” (2.1/7, 5.4m) fell 20% from its premiere on Monday in the demo and lost 1 million viewers. Despite the drop-off, “Celebrity” tied “NCIS” (2.1/7, 11.1m) but fell far short of viewers compared to “NCIS.” ABC failed to get much traction from two-hour special “Earth 2100” (1.2/3, 3.7m). Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.7/8; CBS, 2.1/6; Fox, 1.5/5; Univision, 1.5/4; ABC, 1.2/4; CW, 0.6/2. In total viewers: CBS, 9.9 million; NBC, 8.6 million; Fox, 4.5 million; ABC, 3.8 millon; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 1.6 million.