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Tony Bennett 90th Birthday Special Scores for NBC

CBS Pulls Out Another Tuesday Overnight Victory Despite Airing All Repeats

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.6/ 8, NBC: 4.5/ 8, ABC: 2.5/ 4, Fox: 1.1/ 2, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +96, CBS: – 4, ABC: – 7, CW: -14, Fox: -15

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-Winners:
“Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come” (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Terry Crews Saves Christmas” (CW), “The Year: 2016” (ABC), “Scream Queens” (Fox)

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Ratings Breakdown:
Despite airing all repeats, CBS inched past a night of original specials on NBC by one-tenth of a household rating point. The Eye net aired repeats of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 5.9/10 at 8 p.m.) and two repeat episodes of “Bull” (9 p.m. #2: 4.4/ 7; 10 p.m.” #2; 3.5/ 6). But NBC is certainly worthy of positive mention for two-hour “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come,” which scored a 4.9/ 8 in the household overnights from 9-11 p.m. Comparably, that built from special “Michael Buble Sings and Swings,” which finished second in the 8 p.m. hour with a respectable 3.8/ 6. Needless to say, our thoughts and prayers go to Michael Buble’s son Noah for a speedy recovery.

In holiday series premiere news, “Terry Crews Saves Christmas” on The CW certainly did not “save” the network, with a mere 0.6/ 1 at 8 p.m. That led into an encore telecast of special “Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2016,” also at a 0.6/ 1 at 9 p.m.

In season (or series) finale news, Fox sophomore anthology “Scream Queens” is certain to face the axe with a modest 0.9/ 2 in the household overnights at 9 p.m. This time around social media is unlikely to save “Scream Queens.”

Also in the specials department was ABC’s “The Year: 2016” at a weak 2.7/ 5 from 9-11 p.m. It led out of encore telecasts of animated “Toy Story That Time Forgot” (#3: 2.2/ 4) and “Shrek the Halls” (#3: 2.1/ 4) from 8-9 p.m.

Earlier in the evening on Fox were repeats of “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas” (#4: 1.6/ 3) and “New Girl” (#4: 1.0/ 2) from 8-9 p.m.

What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, December 13 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Toy Story That Time Forgot” (R)” 2.2/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 5.9/10 (#1)
NBC – “Michael Buble Sings and Swings”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas” (R): 1.6/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Terry Crews Saves Christmas” (series premiere): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Shrek the Halls” (R): 2.1/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 6.0/10 (#1)
NBC – “Michael Buble Sings and Swings”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “New Girl” (R): 1.0/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Terry Crews Saves Christmas” (series premiere): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Year: 2016”: 2.7/4 (#3)
CBS – “Bull” (R): 4.4/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come”: 4.8/ 8 (#1)
Fox – “Scream Queens” (season or series finale): 0.9/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2016” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Year: 2016”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Bull” (R): 4.3/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come”: 4.9/ 8 (#1)
Fox – “Scream Queens” (season or series finale): 0.9/ 1 (#4)
CW – “Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2016” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Year: 2016”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Bull” (R): 3.5/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come”: 5.0/ 9 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Year: 2016”: 2.5/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Bull” (R): 3.5/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come”: 4.8/ 9 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Written by Marc Berman

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Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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