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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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