Ratings: ‘People’s Choice Awards’ Grows 10 Percent in Viewers

Though CBS special’s key demo number clocks in at a new all-time low

Last Updated: January 19, 2017 @ 9:25 AM

Wednesday’s “People’s Choice Awards” grew 10 percent in total viewers versus the prior year, though this time the CBS special aired two weeks later in the month of January.

Additionally, overall eyeball bump couldn’t prevent the awards show from hitting a new all-time low last night in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. ABC and Fox actually ended up splitting a primetime win there, though CBS did top total viewers for the evening.

The Les Moonves-led network and NBC fell just one-tenth of a Nielsen ratings point shy of making it a four-way first place tie.

Fox and ABC tied for first in ratings, both with a 1.3 rating/5 share in the main demo. Fox was third in total viewers with an average of 5.1 million, according to preliminary numbers, ABC was fourth with 4.5 million.

For Fox, “Lethal Weapon” at 8 p.m. put up a 1.4/5 and 6.2 million viewers. At 9, “Star” landed a 1.2/4 and 4 million viewers.

For ABC, “Fresh Off the Boat” at 8 had a 1.5/6 and 5.5 million viewers. At 8:30, “Speechless” got a 1.6/6 and 5.4 million viewers. Following a rerun, “Black-ish” at 9:30 received a 1.5/5 and 4.6 million viewers. “Match Game” at 10 close prime with a 1.0/4 and 3.5 million viewers.

CBS and NBC tied for third in ratings, both with a 1.2/4. CBS was first in total viewers with 6.5 million, NBC was second with 6 million.

For CBS, “Undercover Boss” at 8 had a 1.1/4 and 5.9 million viewers. The two-hour “People’s Choice Awards” followed at 9, averaging a 1.2/4 and 6.7 million viewers.

For NBC, “Blindspot” at 8 got a 0.9/3 and 4.7 million viewers. At 9, “Law & Order: SVU” received a 1.4/5 and 6.4 million viewers. “Chicago PD” at 10 finished the day part to a 1.5/5 and 6.9 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 2 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 826,000. Following a rerun, “Frequency” settled for a 0.2/1 and 782,000 viewers.