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CBS' broadcast of the 39th People's Choice Awards
helped the network lead Wednesday night overall, while "Modern Family
" was actually primetime's top program and helped ABC win among young viewers.
FOX, meanwhile, discovered that audiences had minimal enthusiasm for celebrity diving, while "Chicago Fire
" continued its hot streak, topping ABC's "Nashville."
For the night, ABC averaged a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49, while CBS was close behind with a 2.4 key demo rating. NBC averaged a 1.9 key demo rating followed by FOX's 1.3 key demo rating. The CW averaged a 0.4 key demo rating.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 9.01 million viewers and a 5.8 rating/9 share to lead primetime. ABC was second with a 4.8/8 and 7.61 million viewers, just ahead of NBC's 4.4/7 and 6.79 million viewers. FOX was well back with a 2.1/3 and 3.37 million viewers, with The CW averaging a 0.9/1 and 1.36 million viewers.
8 p.m. -
CBS' "I Get That A Lot" averaged 7.75 million viewers to win the 8 8 p.m. hour overall and finished second with a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49, suggesting we'll see more celebrities in civilian-drag in the future. ABC was a close second overall and won the hour in the key demo with "The Middle
" (8.445 million viewers and a 2.4 key demo rating) and "The Neighbors
" (6.63 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo). NBC was third overall and fourth in the demo with "Whitney" (4.18 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo) and "Guys with Kids" (3.98 million and a 1.3 key demo). FOX's "Stars in Danger" averaged 3.87 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating in its first hour. On The CW, an "Arrow" repeat averaged 1.7 million viewers and a 0.5 key demo.
9 p.m. -
The People's Choice Awards averaged 10.02 million viewers to lead the 9 p.m. hour for CBS, coming in second with a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49. "Modern Family" (11.96 million viewers and a 4.7 key demo) won its half-hour, while "Suburgatory
" (6.99 million viewers and a 2.7 key demo) dropped to second. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" had a strong week with 8.33 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo rating. FOX's diving special slipped to 2.865 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo rating. The CW's repeat of "Supernatural" averaged 1.02 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - CBS' awards telecast won the 10 p.m. hour with 9.25 million viewers and a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Chicago Fire" was second with 7.96 million viewers and a 2.2 key demo rating, beating the 5.82 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
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