Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009.

It wasn't a rout, but enough people chose to watch CBS' "Dark Knight"-dominated People's Choice Awards telecast on Wednesday night to give CBS a primetime win.

Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 2.7 rating to take the night. ABC and NBC finished second in the key demographic with a 2.3 rating, while FOX's 1.8 rating was also in the mix. The CW was fifth with a 0.8 rating.

Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 8.8 million viewers and a 5.7 rating/9 share for the night, nipping the 5.6/9 for ABC and NBC's 5.1/8. FOX was fourth with a 4.2/7, leaving The CW in fifth with a 1.1/2. 

CBS started the night off in first with a 5.0/8 for "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Gary Unmarried." FOX's "Bones" had a 4.3/7 for second, followed by NBC's new "Knight Rider" with a 3.7/6. ABC finished fourth with a reairing of Tuesday night's "Scrubs" premiere. On The CW, the first episode of "13 - Fear Is Real" had a 1.4/2 and attracted fewer than 2.4 million viewers.

The first hour of the People's Choice Awards had a 6.6/10 for CBS in the 9 p.m. hour. ABC's "20/20" had a 5.4/9 to take second, beating a "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" repeat on NBC. FOX's "Bones" was fourth with a 4.1/6. The CW's "90210" encore was fifth. 

ABC moved into first at 10 p.m. with a Barbara Walters special, which did an 8.4/14. NBC's "Law & Order" was second with a 6.8/11. CBS' People's Choice broadcast dropped off to third.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.


A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.