You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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

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).

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Norman LearVariety Showrunners Dinner, Inside, Los

    Norman Lear Accepts Creative Conscience Award at Variety Showrunners Dinner

    Norman Lear accepted Variety’s Creative Conscience Award Tuesday night at the publication’s annual Showrunners Dinner. The award honors Lear for his work promoting important causes both inside and outside the entertainment industry. Lear, who appears on the current cover of Variety, recently renewed his overall deal at Sony Pictures Television. Speaking at the Showrunners Dinner [...]

  • Maria Bartiromo

    Maria Bartiromo Renews Pact With Fox News Media

    Maria Bartiromo will be on Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel for a while longer, after striking a new multi-year deal with Fox News Media. “Her exceptional insights and incredible work ethic have been of tremendous value to Fox Business and Fox News and we’re thrilled to have her continue anchoring each of her [...]

  • Lisa Simpson Tapped as Head of

    Lisa Simpson Tapped as New Head of Talent Relations at Fox Entertainment

    Fox Entertainment has appointed Lisa Simpson as its new head of talent relations. In her senior vice president role, Simpson will oversee the talent relations team, providing strategic support to all of the company’s talent and their representatives. She will report directly to Jean Guerin, executive vice president of publicity and corporate communications at the [...]

  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar 'Was Never Approached' for

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar Says He 'Was Never Approached' for 'Saved by the Bell' Revival

    The Bayside gang is reuniting, but Zack Morris isn’t invited — for the time being, at least. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who played the good-looking yet incorrigible Zack in NBC’s beloved “Saved by the Bell” series, said he was never approached to take part in the show’s forthcoming TV sequel, which will reprise roles from Mario Lopez [...]

  • Contract Placeholder Business WGA ATA Agent

    How Showrunners Handled Staffing Season Amid WGA-ATA Feud

    This year’s TV staffing season wasn’t quite like any before. Described as a “free for all” by “Batwoman” creator and showrunner Caroline Dries and “like the Wild Wild West” by “Legacies” creator and showrunner Julie Plec, the WGA-ATA debacle has had deep-seated effects on the way showrunners staff their writers’ rooms and search for fresh [...]

  • 2020 TV Season Preview

    How 2020's Fall TV Season Is Already Shaping Up

    Aiming to stand out in a crowded field, broadcasters this season have leaned on the stability of their schedules and the return of established hits. But for many of the same reasons, they’ve also begun to seed the ground for next year’s crop of shows, considering that top performers like “How to Get Away With [...]

  • David E Kelley

    Looking Back on David E. Kelley's History-Making Double Emmy Wins 20 Years Later

    David E. Kelley thought there’d been a mistake. On Sept. 12, 1999, the prolific showrunner was backstage at the Shrine Auditorium, having just accepted the best drama series Emmy for “The Practice,” when he heard his name called again. Kelley immediately figured that the producers were summoning him out again to take the award away [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content