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Ratings: ‘Kennedy Center Honors’ Rise for CBS Win

ABC’s George Michael ”20/20“ special ties atop key demo at 10 p.m.

CBS’ “Kennedy Center Honors” grew by double digits year over year, handing the broadcaster the tallest podium on a rerun-heavy Tuesday.

The only English-language original competition came from a “20/20” tribute to the late pop star George Michael, and CW’s “No Tomorrow.” That ABC special was good enough to tie atop the key 18-49 demographic at 10 p.m., but it came nowhere near the awards show in total viewers.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.0 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following a repeat, the “Kennedy Center Honors” at 9 posted a 1.0/4 and 8.6 million viewers. Those Nielsen numbers were up 11 percent and 14 percent from 2015, respectively.

NBC and ABC tied for second in ratings, both with a 0.8/3. NBC was second in total viewers with 3.7 million, airing all reruns; ABC was third with 3.4 million.

For ABC, the “20/20” special at 10 had a 0.9/3 and 3.3 million viewers.

Telemundo was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and fifth in viewers with 1.67 million.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.69 million.

Fox was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.5 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 756,000. Following a repeat, “No Tomorrow” at 9 got a 0.2/1 and 600,000 viewers.