ABC’s retrospective special of the biggest events and newsmakers of 2014, “The Year,” won both of its hours, doing just enough to hand the network a slight Tuesday primetime demo victory.
CBS finished first in total viewers, airing entirely reruns on the traditionally slow night.
ABC was first in ratings with a 1.1 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in viewers with an average of 5.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following reruns, the first half-hour of “The Year” at 9 p.m. received a 1.1/4 and 4.9 million total viewers. The second half-hour at 9:30 got a 1.1/4 and 5.3 million total viewers. The third half-hour at 10 had a 1.2/4 and 5.7 million viewers. The final half-hour at 10:30 pulled in a 1.1/4 and 5.4 million viewers.
CBS and Univision tied for second in ratings, both with a 1.0/4. CBS was first in viewers with 8.9 million — airing reruns — and Univision finished fourth with 2.7 million.
NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and third in viewers with 3.4 million. The first half-hour of its “One Direction: The TV Special” at 8 got a 0.8/3 and 3.5 million viewers. The second half-hour at 8:30 dipped to a 0.6/2 and 2.7 million viewers. A repeat of the Michael Buble Christmas special followed. Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas special reran after that.
Telemundo and Fox tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. Telemundo edged Fox out for fifth in viewers with 1.35 million; Fox finished sixth with 1.32 million, airing repeats.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in total viewers with 1.2 million, airing reruns.