TV Ratings: CBS Is the People's Choice Wednesday
People's Choice Awards lead a soft ratings night
The People's Choice Awards didn't score very big ratings Wednesday, but on an otherwise soft night they were good enough to lead CBS to a narrow ratings win.
CBS averaged a 5.7 rating/9 share in primetime, just beating ABC's 5.6/9. NBC took third at 5.1/8. FOX, 4.2/7, came in fourth, and The CW was well back at 1.1/2.
CBS also led among adults 18-49 with a 2.7 rating. ABC and NBC tied for second at 2.3, followed by FOX, 1.8, and The CW, 0.8.
Reruns of "The New Adventures of Old Christine," 5.3/9, and "Gary Unmarried," 4.7/7, put CBS on top at 8 p.m. A "Bones" repeat, 4.3/7, finished second for FOX. "Knight Rider" earned a 3.7/6 for NBC, topping reruns of ABC's "Scrubs" premiere. The debut of "13 - Fear Is Real" on The CW put up a not very scary 1.4/2.
The People's Choice Awards drew a 6.6/10 for CBS at 9 p.m. ABC moved into second with a "20/20" special, 5.4/9. A "Law & Order: SVU" encore, 4.9/8, was third for NBC. FOX got a 4.1/6 from a second "Bones," while The CW aired a "90210" repeat.
At 10 p.m., a Barbara Walters special with Patrick Swayze grabbed the night's biggest rating (8.4/14) for ABC. "Law & Order" scored a 6.8/11 for NBC, while the People's Choice Awards dipped to 5.5/9 on CBS.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.
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