TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Kennedy Center Honors' Rises to Win Night Versus Reruns

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December 27th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.5/4 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.7/2 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.7/2 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.162 8.278 4.279 3.873 1.523 1.579

Univision was the number one network in adults 18-49 while CBS won with total viewers.

On CBS the night's only new programming, The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 27% from a 1.1 on Tuesday, December 27, 2011.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, December 26, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.7/5 8.54
ABC The Middle - R 1.1/3 4.73
NBC Whitney - R 1.0/3 3.53
FOX Ben and Kate - R 0.7/2 1.98
CW Arrow - R 0.5/1 1.89
8:30 ABC The Neighbors - R 1.0/3 4.13
NBC Guys With Kids - R 0.9/3 2.88
FOX Ben and Kate - R 0.7/2 1.52
9:00 ABC Modern Family - R 1.7/5 5.38
CBS Kennedy Center Honors (9-11PM) 1.4/4 8.15
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 1.3/4 5.44
FOX Ben and Kate - R 0.6/2 1.24
CW Supernatural - R 0.4/1 1.27
9:30 ABC Suburgatory - R 1.1/3 3.69
FOX Ben and Kate - R 0.6/2 1.36
10:00 NBC Chicago Fire - R 1.1/3 4.19
ABC Nashville - R 0.6/2 2.66


via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:




NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
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  • rob60990

    Why did ABC bother to repeat Nashville? It was going to repeat badly.

    Ben & Kate repeated about the same as overhyped New Girl.

  • Lucas

    NBC shows repeats really close to originals ratings, strange!

  • Michael

    NBC reruns did much better than I expected considering the ratings for new episodes of these shows.

  • Michael

    The Boxing Day ratings for the UK (pop. 63m) had two shows with a higher overnight audience than any in the US (pop. 315m).

    1. Miranda – 9.47m (BBC one, 9pm)
    2. Mrs Brown’s Boys – 8.97m (BBC one, 9:30pm)
    3. EastEnders – 8.20m (BBC one, 8:30pm)
    4. Coronation Street – 7.84m (ITV1/STV/UTV, 7:30pm)
    5. Emmerdale – 6.70m (ITV1/STV/UTV, 7pm)

  • Adien

    Criminal Minds was very well written last night! explains why this is a steady ship! Think it was from last season

  • JulieDawn

    Pretty decent numbers for a repeat of Chicago Fire.

  • Rob

    Yes, but that’s not really a good comparison. Christmas and Boxing Day are big television over there, they are “event nights”. Christmas and Boxing Day specials are some of the most watched programs of the year in the UK.

  • Oliver

    My guess is that a lot of people would rather watch episodes of shows that are new to them rather than repeats of the shows they usually watch and have already seen.

    Ben and Kate did pretty well, all things considered. My guess is that not many people have sampled the show, not that people actively dislike it. The real question is whether this improves its ratings in January.

    Whitney and Guys With Kids did well. Multicams tend to repeat very well, likely because they skew old.

  • Ram510

    Guys With Kids repeat did good. Better than some of the other repeats last night

  • joel

    Best Kennedy Center Honors Ever.

  • Dan

    Great to see the Kennedy Centre Honors doing well. Fantastic program with the David Letterman and Led Zepplin tributes being the highlights. Dustin Hoffman’s tribute was also strong.

  • Pepper

    Not too shabby for the CW reruns. The Arrow and SPN reruns did as well or better than originals for GG, Nikita, 90210, and Emily Owens.

    NBC’s reruns were also close to the originals. Hmmm.

  • Grey

    “Eastenders” is still on? Wow. How long has that show been on?

  • Oliver

    Ben & Kate repeated about the same as overhyped New Girl.
    And yet originals of NG will still destroy B&K, which shows how misleading repeat ratings can be.

    NG was on Christmas Day and NG skews incredibly young, and younger-skewing shows repeat badly.

  • robin

    arrow did well

  • Oliver


    Eastenders has been going since 1985, Coronation Street has been going since 1960 and Emmerdale since 1978.

    They’re soaps, which air in primetime in the UK. They get incredibly high ratings, so they’re not going to be cancelled anytime soon.

  • Bri

    Adien said
    “Criminal Minds was very well written last night! explains why this is a steady ship! Think it was from last season”

    Yes last night episode, ‘The Company’ for Criminal Minds was from last season and was written by ex-FBI agent and BAU profiler Jim Clemente.

    I’m surprised at how well CM did, it was outside its usual timeslot and that episode have been shown two other time prior to last night.

  • Grey

    @ Oliver

    Right on point. :-) I’ve been watching/sampling shows I decided not to bother with at the beginning of the season – in part because it’s something “new” to watch since I’m caught up on everything else. (Every one’s DVR should be cleared out by Jan. 7th. lol). So far the only show that *may* get my continued viewing in Jan. is “Vegas.” But I think it’s a bubble show(?) so I’m hesitant to invest my time in it.

  • Grey

    @ Oliver

    Thanks for the “Eastenders” info (and for the other shows). :) I knew it was a popular soap just didn’t know it was still producing new material. I actually knew/know about from the days of Princess Diana. I think it was one of her favorites. ;D

  • Maximillian

    Ben and Kate repeated very well. Sucks Nashville didn’t repeat higher, oh well. Chicago Fire did well too.

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