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Sluggish ‘People’s Choice Awards’ Ratings on CBS


What follows are the fast affiliate results for Wednesday, January 18 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 6.29 million, NBC: 5.99, Fox: 5.12, QBC: 4.51, CW: 826,000

-Adults 18-49:
ABC and Fox: 1.3 rating/5 share each, CBS and NBC: 1.2/ 4 each, CW: 0.2/ 1


8:00 p.m.

ABC – Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 5.48 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 6 (#1)

CBS – Undercover Boss
Viewers: 5.69 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Blindspot
Viewers: 4.88 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

Fox – Lethal Weapon
Viewers: 6.19 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

CW – The Flash (R)
Viewers: 935,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#5)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – Speechless
Viewers: 5.36 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#1)

CBS – Undercover Boss
Viewers: 6.03 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Blindspot
Viewers: 4.45 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

Fox – Lethal Weapon
Viewers: 6.30 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

CW – The Flash (R)
Viewers: 804,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#5)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family (R)
Viewers: 4.53 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#1t)

CBS – The People’s Choice Awards
Viewers: 7.05 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3t)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.04 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#1t)

Fox – Star
Viewers: 4.14 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3t)

CW – Frequency (series finale)
Viewers: 788,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – black-ish
Viewers: 4.62 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#1)

CBS – The People’s Choice Awards
Viewers: 7.03 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.66 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

Fox – Star
Viewers: 3.86 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

CW – Frequency (series finale)
Viewers: 777,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – The Match Game
Viewers: 3.68 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3)

CBS – The People’s Choice Awards
Viewers: 6.71 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 6.82 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#1)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – The Match Game
Viewers: 3.36 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#3)

CBS – The People’s Choice Awards
Viewers: 5.85 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 7.06 million (#1), A18-49: 1.5/ 6 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( 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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    • It really has. I have never seen it. I thought about watching its first episode but figured it would be gone in a few eps.

    • It really has it’s a shocker to me how well its doing on a completely dead network with very little hits if any outside of Empire. Lethal Weapon proved it’s no Rosewood as it’s getting these ratings all on its own.

  1. Lethal Weapon will have a second season. It’s doing way better than Rosewood did by itself.

    Blindspot, on the other hand, I don’t see how NBC gives it a third season. It’s doing worse than Mysteries of Laura.

    Masked Scheduler seems to believe Star will get another season

    • That’s the key here Garebelman for Lethal Weapon is that it’s doing so well by itself unlike Rosewood which fell apart without Empire.

      I believe Star should get another season it still has potential there’s an audience there but it needs help. The real problem for FOX isn’t that Empire has a long vacation it’s the fact that American Idol should’ve still been in existence and needs to comeback next season or the season after that. Idol made Empire and would’ve helped Star get more eyeballs. Star should’ve never aired this season without Empire.

      Blindspot is a goner unfortunately but NBC killed that show, I knew last year NBC should’ve kept Laura but that’s no big deal now that NBC is bringing back Will & Grace.

  2. SVU has done a lot better after the break and so has Chicago PD but PD has really been doing well as viewership has increased every week since it returned two weeks ago. I think Designated Survivor affected it quite a bit during the fall but it’s taking advantage of its absence and dominating its timeslot. NBC needs to figure out the 8pm hour for sure as they killed Blindspot.

    The Will & Grace pickup is very interesting and I like it a lot because NBC was the one network that needed to reboot a successful popular comedy from years past and since the cast agreed to comeback for it why not just bring it so great move. NBC needs to have a successful multi-cam presence like they used to have in order to truly get their comedy situation back on track so this can help them hopefully build a new multi-cam in the future that can be a hit for them. When you look at their situation closely the multi-cams they’ve had this decade were cheap and starless they need stars I think a major reason why Kevin Can Wait and Man with a Plan are doing so well for CBS this season is because they have visible stars and Will & Grace gives them a brand and stars to get viewers to watch their show.

    Will & Grace can still bomb on them we know that but it depends on how they schedule it. The worst slot it can go in is Thursdays at 8pm against Grey’s Anatomy and more importantly The Big Bang Theory. I think potentially Tuesdays at 8pm is the best slot and moving The Voice back to 9pm in front of Chicago Fire or another show. I would rather them have it on at Tuesday at 8pm instead of 9pm due to the fact that the 9:30pm show could be buried similar to One Big Happy in the spring of 2015. ABC has done a good job of their 8:30pm comedies being sandwiched between two strong rated shows so that would be a favorable spot for it. Wherever they put it is huge for the show’s success long-term because it’s obviously going to turn into a regular series if it’s successful.