Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 29, 2009.
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.