NBC and CBS split Tuesday’s State of the Union Address battle
The CW landed a pretty cool programming special for Tuesday night, but its “MADtv 20th Anniversary” airing had to settle for last place in the 8 o’clock hour.
Beginning at 9 p.m. ET, most of the networks carried President Obama’s final State of the Union address. NBC ended up finishing first in the key 18-49 demographic, and CBS topped Tuesday’s primetime in total viewers.
The CW aired an “iZombie” original instead of the speech. Overall, the network finished in seventh place for the evening.
NBC was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 5 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m. ET, “Hollywood Game Night” had a 1.2/4 and 4.6 million viewers. The State of the Union at 9 got a 1.5/4 and 5.7 million viewers. At 10, the rest of Obama’s speech combined with the Republican response received a 1.2/4 and 4.7 million viewers.
CBS was second in ratings with a 1.1/3 and in viewers with 7.3 million. Following a rerun, the President’s speech posted a 1.1/3 and 6.7 million viewers. The conclusion plus GOP response netted a 0.7/2 and 2 million.
Fox was third in ratings with a 1.0/3 and fourth in viewers with 2.5 million. “New Girl” at 8 p.m. ET had a 1.4/5 and 3.3 million viewers. At 8:30, “Grandfathered” grabbed a 1.0/3 and 2.7 million viewers. The State of the Union at 9 received a 0.7/2 and 2 million viewers.
ABC and Univision tied for fourth in ratings, both with a 0.8; ABC had a 3 share, Univision got a 2. ABC was third in total viewers with 3.5 million, Univision was fifth with 2 million.
For ABC, following repeats, the address had a 1.1/3 and 4.4 million viewers. Its conclusion and the retort from the right received a 1.0/3 and 4 million viewers.
Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and in viewers with 1.8 million.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million. “MADtv” at 8 p.m. ET had a 0.6/2 and 1.7 million viewers. At 9, “iZombie” got a 0.5/1 and 1.2 million viewers.