Ratings: Miss Universe Pageant Surges to Hand NBC a Win

ABC’s “Galavant” and “Resurrection” enjoy healthy increases

Last Updated: January 26, 2015 @ 9:47 AM

Feel free to put on the crown and take a victory strut, NBC.

While Miss Colombia Paulina Vega won the Miss Universe Pageant in Miami on Sunday, NBC scored its own honors with its airing of the pageant, which put the network in first place among the key 18-49 demographic for the night, according to preliminary numbers.

Meanwhile, ABC’s “Galavant” and “Resurrection” saw healthy increases.

NBC was first place in the demo with a 1.8 rating/5 share and second in total viewers with 7.4 million. The Miss Universe Pageant, which dominated the network’s primetime slate from 8 to 11 p.m., scored a 2.0/6 and drew 7.6 million total viewers. That made it the top-rated Miss Universe show since 2009, and the most-watched since 2006. It’s also a whopping 122 percent increase in the demo versus last season’s pageant in November, though that pageant aired on a Saturday and represented a ratings low for the ceremony.

“Dateline NBC” preceded the pageant at 7, notching a 1.2/4 in the demo — a 71 percent increase over its last airing — and taking 6.7 million total viewers, a 63 percent increase and the series’ highest total viewership since 2012.

CBS was second in the demo but first in total viewers with a 1.3/4 and 8.6 million. “60 Minutes” at 7 logged a 1.1/4 with 9.1 million total viewers, while a special airing of “Undercover Boss” the following hour posted a 1.5/4 with 8.8 million total viewers. A special rebroadcast of “CSI” at 9 notched a 1.2/3 in the demo with 8.2 million total viewers, while a new episode the following hour stayed even with its last original broadcast Jan. 4, logging a 1.3/4 with 8.2 million total viewers.

ABC took third place in the demo and total viewers with a 1.2/3 and 4.8 million. For the most part the network saw boosts for its primetime slate, starting with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at 7, which was up 89 percent from last week for a 1.7/5 and drew 7.3 million total viewers. The finale of “Galavant” the following hour jumped 22 percent for a 1.1/3 with 4.3 million total viewers, while “Resurrection at 9 climbed 25 percent to a 1.0/3 and took 3.7 million total viewers. “Revenge” at 10 was even with last week, posting a 0.9/3 with 3.7 million total viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings and total viewers, averaging a 1.1/3 and 2.4 million for the night. “Mulaney” at 7 ticked down to a 0.4/1 with 999,000 total viewers. Following a repeat of “The Simpsons,” an original episode of the series at 8 posted a 1.4/4 — down 30 percent from its last original two weeks prior — an drew 3.4 million total viewers. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” at 8:30 also took a hit, dropping 20 percent to a 1.2/3 with 2.8 million total viewers. “Family Guy” at 9 was also down 20 percent, dropping to a 1.6/4 with 3.2 million total viewers. “Bob’s Burgers” rounded things out at 9:30, slipping 25 percent for a 1.2/3 with 2.5 million total viewers.

Univision averaged a 0.9/3 with 2.3 million total viewers, while Telemundo had a 0.7/2 with 1.8 million total viewers.