Ratings: ‘Kennedy Center Honors’ Down, Still Lifts CBS to Tuesday Victory

'Kennedy Center Honors' Ratings Down, Still
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CBS was the top-rated broadcaster on the final Tuesday of 2015 thanks to a repeat of “NCIS” and a winning performance by the “Kennedy Center Honors,” even if the two-hour special was down from last year.

According to Nielen’s preliminary national estimates, CBS won every half-hour among the broadcasters in 18-49 with “NCIS” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall) and the “Kennedy Center Honors” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) special. The annual special, which this year honored Rita Moreno, George Lucas, Cicely Tyson, Seiji Ozawa and Carole King, maintained the same 0.9 demo rating with each half-hour.

Last night’s 0.9 was down 0.3 from last year and matches the all-time low, set two years ago when the show aired on a Sunday. In total viewers, it was down from last year’s 9.25 million but up a bit from 2013 (7.18 million), when it was up against a very highly rated NFL game on NBC.

Elsewhere last night, NBC was runner-up among the Big Four with encores of “Hollywood Game Night” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), “Chicago Med” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and “Chicago Fire” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall). Originals of each series return next week, with the two “Chicago” shows flipping timeslots as they launch a crossover storyline that concludes the following night on “Chicago PD.”

ABC fared best with “Fresh Off the Boat” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), but then dropped off at 8:30 p.m. with “The Muppets” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall). It’s been a rough close to the year for “The Muppets,” which averaged a mere 0.3 in 18-49 and 1.2 million total viewers for its four repeats on Sunday night. The Alphabet capped its Tuesday with special encores of “Beyond the Tank” at 9 p.m. (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) and 10 p.m. (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall).

Fox, whose reconfigured four-comedy Tuesday lineup bows next week, went last night with repeats of “New Girl” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall), “Grandfathered” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall), another “New Girl” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall) and “The Grinder” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall).

CW aired repeats of Tuesday regulars “The Flash” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) and “iZombie” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall).

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  1. Me says:

    The Carole King tribute, boxes of tissues!

  2. Seriously? says:

    Is ABC seriously intent to run The Muppets the next 2 months? It’s being completely rejected. If they insist on bringing it back in Feb fine, but why air reruns all through Jan? FOTB had almost 4 mil at 8, muppets lost .3 and 2 million and Beyond The Tank had to build back out of that. Next Tue everyone is back in originals 8-9 except ABC. Are they seriously gonna leave a Muppets rerun there to be trounced and then depress the viewing level of new Shark Tank at 9? Why not run two Fresh Off The Boat reruns 8-9?

    • 'Niser says:

      Shame on you Kennedy Center Honors for having Miranda Lambert (clueless) sing the Eagle’s Desperado. So sad. The Eagles are NOT a country band, as some would like to think, and this is not a country song. It IS, however, a pop anthem, and should be treated as such. You chose a country princess to do this song, and to say that she did it a disservice is a vast understatement. How disappointing for those of us listening to what I usually consider a premiere show. I hope when the Kennedy Center really honors the Eagles, you get some quality POP and ROCK artists who can really do their music proud. They are NOT a country band, y’all. This is SO off from your usual right-on tributes. Please get it right when you do honor them. Thanks for listening.

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