Ratings: Matt Lauer-Less Christmas Tree Lighting Is Wednesday’s Most-Watched Show

CBS edges NBC in key demo with “Survivor” and a Bruno Mars Apollo Theater special

NBC’s tree-lighting may not have had Matt Lauer this year, but it still had plenty of Christmas magic.

“Christmas in Rockefeller Center” was Wednesday’s most-watched broadcast television show, and NBC carried that 60-minute momentum to a primetime win among total viewers.

CBS edged NBC for first place in the key 18-49 demographic, however, running a successful pairing of “Survivor” and a Bruno Mars Apollo Theater special.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.6 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted demo and second in total viewers with an average of 7.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. A two-hour “Survivor” from 8-10 p.m. scored a 1.8/7 and 8.2 million viewers. At 10, “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo” landed a 1.1/5 and 5.4 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.5/6 and first in viewers with 7.7 million. “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” at 8 earned a 1.7/6 and 9 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” at 9 had a 1.5/5 and 7.1 million viewers. At 10, “Chicago P.D.” got a 1.3/5 and 6.9 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 1.4/5 and fourth in viewers with 4.4 million. “Empire” at 8 posted a 1.6/6 and 5.1 million viewers. At 9, “Star” received a 1.2/4 and 3.7 million viewers.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 1.1/4 and third in viewers with 4.8 million. “The Goldbergs” at 8 had a 1.4/6 and 5.6 million viewers. At 8:30, “Speechless” got a 1.1/4 and 4.2 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 received a 1.6/6 an 6.1 million viewers. At 9:30, “American Housewife” closed out the sitcom block with a 1.0/4 and 4.5 million viewers. “Designated Survivor” at 10 finished primetime to a 0.7/3 and 4 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1 million. “Riverdale” at 8 had a 0.5/2 and 1.4 million viewers. At 9, “Dynasty” got a 0.2/1 and 695,000 viewers.