Ratings: ‘Kennedy Center Honors’ On CBS Top Tuesday

CBS ruled Tuesday’s ratings race among the broadcast networks behind a repeat “NCIS” and a bounce-back performance by the “Kennedy Center Honors.”

The “Kennedy Center Honors” telecast was the only first-run Big Four program on this quiet night, with CBS’ competitors offering up encores of some of their Tuesday series.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the repeat “NCIS” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall) tied with the “Kennedy Center Honors” telecast that followed it (1.2/4 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) as Tuesday’s top-rated English-language broadcast program in adults 18-49. The crime drama was tops in overall total viewers.

One year after delivering poor numbers opposite the season finale of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” the “Kennedy Center Hours” shot up by 33% in the demo (1.2 vs. 0.9) and added about 3 million total viewers to hit a four-year high in this category.

This year’s ceremony, taped earlier in the month, honored Al Green, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride, Lily Tomlin and Sting.

ABC and NBC had the same idea of trying to generate new viewers for 10 p.m. dramas “Forever” and “Chicago Fire,” respectively. “Forever” started with a 0.6/2 in 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers overall, and held steady at 9 (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) before edging up in the demo in its regular timeslot (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall).

“Chicago Fire” showed some demo improvement with each episode, starting with a 0.6/2 in 18-49 and 3.2 million viewers overall at 8, and then rising to a 0.8/3 in the demo and 3.7 million total viewers at 9 and a 0.9/3 and 3.7 million at 10.

Fox went with encores of “New Girl” at 8 (0.8/3 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall) and its regular timeslot at 9 (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall), and “The Mindy Project” played at 8:30 (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall) and its regular slot of 9:30 (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall).

CW had a solid repeat score for “The Flash” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall), which drew as many adults 18-49 as the special repeats of “Forever” and “Chicago Fire” in the 8 o’clock hour. The rookie hit was followed by veteran “Supernatural” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall).

Univision, which ranked second on Tuesday in adults 18-49 with its original telenovelas, claimed the night’s No. 1 broadcast series in the demo with “Mi Corazon Es Tuyo” at 8 p.m. (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.2/4; Univision, 1.1/3; NBC, 0.8/2; ABC, 0.7/2; Fox, 0.6/2; CW, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 9.5 million; NBC, 3.5 million; ABC, 3.4 million; Univision, 2.8 million; Fox, CW and Telemundo, 1.6 million.

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