TV Ratings: 'NCIS,' Kennedy Center Honors help CBS win Tuesday
'Benchwarmers' telecast helps FOX to second in the 18-49 demo
CBS got enough viewers (older viewers, mostly) from the 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors to hold onto the network's "NCIS" momentum and deliver a Tuesday night win in most key measures.
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.9 rating, topping the 1.5 rating for both FOX and ABC. NBC was fourth in the key demographic with a 0.9 rating, with the 0.3 rating for The CW trailing.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 10.69 million viewers in primetime to go with a 6.8 rating/11 share. ABC was a distant second overall with a 3.1/5 and an average of only 4.98 million viewers. FOX's 2.1/3 and the 1.9/3 for NBC followed. The CW trailed with a 0.6/1.
CBS began the night in first with an 8.0/13 for "NCIS" repeat, which also delivered a 2.4 rating in the demo for the night's best biggest overall and demo audience. ABC was well back in second with a 2.3/4 for "Rudolph's Shiny New Year." FOX's "The Benchwarmers" had a 2.2/4 to beat the 1.8/3 for NBC's two "Parks and Recreation" repeats. The CW's "90210" finished fifth.
In the 9 p.m. hour, the Kennedy Center Honors telecast did a 6.4/11 overall and a 1.7 rating in the demo to win the hour. FOX was second with a 2.2/4 for "Benchwarmers." NBC's two "Parks and Recreation" repeats beat the 1.7/3 for both a "Scrubs" repeat and a new "Better Off Ted" on ABC. The CW's "Melrose Place" repeat had a 0.5/1 for fifth.
CBS closed in first with a 5.9/10 for the second Kennedy Center hor. ABC's special "20/20" had a 5.1/9 overall and won the hour with a 2.2 rating in the demo. NBC's repeat of "The Jay Leno Show" trailed.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.