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).

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