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Ratings: 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards Fall 33% From Last Year’s Show

Taye Diggs-hosted event drops 22% in total viewers

Sunday’s 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards were down 33% in the key adults 18-49 demographic and -22% in total viewers from 2019’s show, according to preliminary data from Nielsen.

Last night’s Taye Diggs-hosted 25th annual edition of the awards show, which aired from 7-10 p.m. on The CW, settled for a 0.2 rating and 1.2 million viewers, compared to last year’s event, also hosted by Diggs, which got a 0.3 rating and 1.5 million viewers.

Those states mark new lows for the Critics’ Choice Awards since the show began airing in its current iteration on The CW in 2018.

Meanwhile, Fox dominated all of its Sunday primetime competition with the NFL Playoffs.

Due to the nature of live programming, the below fast-affiliate data for Fox is subject to significant adjustment.

Fox was first in ratings with a 7.0 rating/29 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo and first in total viewers with an average of 24 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those stats were primarily put up by the Green Bay Packers’ 28-23 win over the Seattle Seahawks and the NFL Playoffs’ post-game show, which ended at 10. After the game, “Bob’s Burgers” at 10 scored a 2.7/13 and 8.7 million viewers. At 10:30, the season finale of “Bless the Harts” put up a 1.3/7 and 4 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and second in viewers with 6.7 million. At 7 p.m., “60 Minutes” earned a 1.5/6 and 10 million viewers. At 8, “God Friended Me” got a 0.8/3 and 6.2 million viewers. “NCIS: Los Angeles” at 9 saw a 0.8/3 and 6.3 million viewers. A repeat followed.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.6/2 and third in viewers with 3.2 million. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at 7 had a 0.7/3 and 4.3 million viewers. “Kids Say the Darndest Things” at 8 managed a 0.5/2 and 2.9 million viewers. At 9, “Shark Tank” settled for a 0.5/2 and 2.8 million viewers. A rerun closed primetime.

NBC and Univision tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.4/2. NBC was fourth in viewers with 2.1 million, airing all repeats. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.5 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and seventh in viewers with 780,000.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and sixth in viewers with 1.2 million, airing the “25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.”