'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'
The second night of "Live to Dance
" dropped for CBS, while NBC got strong performances from two episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" to win the night overall and split with comedy-driven ABC
in the all-important demographic.
For the night, ABC and NBC both averaged a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49, splitting the key demographic. CBS was a competitive third with a 2.4 rating, beating FOX's 1.7 rating and the 0.3 rating for The CW.
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 9.94 million viewers to go with a 5.9 rating/10 share. CBS was a close second with 8.91 million viewers and a 5.7/9. ABC's 4.6/8 and 7.36 million viewers finished third, beating FOX's 3.8/6 and 6.31 million viewers. The CW's 0.7/1 and 941,000 viewers came in fifth.
8 p.m. -
ABC started primetime in first with 8.38 million viewers and a strong 2.7 demo rating for "The Middle
" and "Better with You." CBS' "Live to Dance" fell to 7.79 million viewers and a 1.8 demo rating on its second night, hardly an encouraging sign. NBC's "Minute to Win It" averaged 6.77 million viewers, beating the 6.16 million for FOX's "Human Target
." A repeat of "Hellcats" on The CW averaged 1.07 million viewers.
9 p.m. -
NBC took over first overall in the 9 p.m. hour with 10.523 million viewers for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," coming in second in the key demo with a 2.9 rating. CBS' People's Choice Awards
coverage was second overall with 10.09 million viewers, coming in third in the demo. ABC was third overall and first in the key demo with "Modern Family
" (11.76 million and a 4.8 demo) and "Cougar Town
" (6.745 million and a 2.9 demo rating). FOX's second "Human Target" episode was fourth with 6.46 million viewers and remained steady with a 1.7 demo rating. The CW's repeat of "Hellcats" was fifth.
10 p.m. - A second episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" gave NBC an estimated 10.89 million viewers and a 3.0 demo rating. CBS' People's Choice coverage was second with 8.86 million viewers and a 2.7 demo rating. ABC's "Primetime" special was third with 4.45 million viewers.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.