Al Pacino at the '2016 Kennedy Center Honors'
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.
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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.
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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.
20 Most-Watched TV Specials of 2016: From Oscars to 'Hairspray Live' (Photos)
Click through the photos to find the Top 20 TV specials of 2016, ranked in descending order. All numbers in this slideshow are from Nielsen's Live + Same Day ratings.
Rank: 1Special: Academy AwardsDate: 02/28/2016Day of Week: SundayNetwork: ABCTotal Viewers: 34.425 million
Rank: 2Special: Grammy AwardsDate: 02/15/2016Day of Week: MondayNetwork: CBSTotal Viewers: 24.927 million
Rank: 3Special: Macy's Thanksgiving Day ParadeDate: 11/24/2016Day of Week: ThursdayNetwork: NBCTotal Viewers: 24.639 million
Rank: 4Special: Oscars Red Carpet Preview Show - Part 3Date: 02/28/2016Day of Week: SundayNetwork: ABCTotal Viewers: 22.284 million
Rank: 5Special: "Late Show" - Primetime Super BowlDate: 02/07/2016Day of Week: SundayNetwork: CBSTotal Viewers: 20.552 million
Rank: 6Special: Golden Globe AwardsDate: 01/10/2016Day of Week: SundayNetwork: NBCTotal Viewers: 18.511 million
Rank: 7Special: Oscars Red Carpet Preview Show - Part 2Date: 02/28/2016Day of Week: SundayNetwork: ABCTotal Viewers: 15.703 million
Rank: 8Special: "Little Big Shots" - specialDate: 03/08/2016Day of Week: TuesdayNetwork: NBCTotal Viewers: 12.814 million
Rank: 9Special: Country Music AwardsDate: 11/02/2016Day of Week: WednesdayNetwork: ABCTotal Viewers: 12.495 million
Rank: 10Special: "Grease: Live"Date: 01/31/2016Day of Week: SundayNetwork: FoxTotal Viewers: 12.206 million
Rank: 11Special: Oscars Red Carpet Preview Show - Part 1Date: 02/28/2016Day of Week: SundayNetwork: ABCTotal Viewers: 11.528 million
Rank: 12Special: "Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love"Date: 11/30/2016Day of Week: WednesdayNetwork: NBCTotal Viewers: 11.519 million
Rank: 13Special: "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials"Date: 02/02/2016Day of Week: TuesdayNetwork: CBSTotal Viewers: 11.438 million
Rank: 14Special: Emmy AwardsDate: 09/18/2016Day of Week: SundayNetwork: ABCTotal Viewers: 11.382 million
Rank: 15Special: ACM AwardsDate: 04/03/2016Day of Week: SundayNetwork: CBSTotal Viewers: 11.203 million
Rank: 16Special: "Christmas in Rockefeller Center"Date: 11/30/2016Day of Week: WednesdayNetwork: NBCTotal Viewers: 10.502 million
Rank: 17Special: JonBenet Ramsey - specialDate: 09/18/2016Day of Week: SundayNetwork: CBSTotal Viewers: 10.422 million
Rank: 18Special: Billboard Music AwardsDate: 05/22/2016Day of Week: SundayNetwork: ABCTotal Viewers: 9.762 million
Rank: 19Special: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"Date: 11/29/2016Day of Week: TuesdayNetwork: CBSTotal Viewers: 9.394 million
Rank: 20Special: "Hairspray Live!"Date: 12/07/2016Day of Week: WednesdayNetwork: NBCTotal Viewers: 9.045 million
The 2017 Academy Awards will likely once-again easily top the year -- so mark your calendars for February 26.
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