Net tops rivals; Univision tops all in young adults

Wednesday’s telecast of the Kennedy Center Honors, which this year feted David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman and Led Zeppelin among others, spiked in the ratings for CBS. The Eye topped its rivals in all categories, though Spanish-language net Univision actually led all broadcasters among young adults.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the “Kennedy Center Honors,” taped earlier this month in Washington, D.C., averaged a 1.4 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers overall on CBS from 9 to 11. This represents a nice 27% surge over last year’s 1.1 rating in the demo when the show aired on a Tuesday.

The event won its timeslot in adults 25-54 (2.2/5), hitting a three-year high, and total viewers.

Earlier Wednesday, CBS led the opening hour with a special repeat of “Criminal Minds” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall). For the night, CBS rolled in both 25-54 (2.3/6) and total viewers (8.3 million).

Against specials and repeats, Univision held steady with original episodes of novelas “Por Ella Soy Eva” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), “Amores Verdaderos” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and “Amor Bravio” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall). Univision won the night narrowly over CBS in 18-49 and dominated among persons 12-34 (1.5/5).

NBC aired encores of regulars “Whitney” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall), “Guys With Kids” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall), “Law & Order: SVU” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and “Chicago Fire” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall)

ABC also went with repeats of Wednesday regulars “The Middle” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), “The Neighbors” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall), “Suburgatory” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall) and “Nashville” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall).

Fox aired four repeats of Tuesday rookie comedy “Ben & Kate,” averaging a 0.7/2 in 18-49 and 1.5 million viewers overall, and CW went with repeat dramas “Arrow” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Univision, 1.7/5; CBS, 1.5/4; NBC, 1.1/3; ABC, 1.0/3; Fox, 0.7/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 8.3 million; NBC, 4.3 million; Univision, 4.2 million; ABC, 3.4 million; Fox, 1.5 million; CW, 1.4 million.

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