Ratings: ‘Kennedy Center Honors’ Rise for CBS Win

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

Al Pacino at '2016 Kennedy Center Honors'
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.

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.