If you didn’t like fireworks, there wasn’t a lot new on television on Independence Day. On CBS at 10 PM, there was the live Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular (0.8/3), which was down 27% from last year’s July 4 celebration. NBC started the party at 9 PM with the Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular (1.7/7), with Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney performing. That was down 19% from last year’s explosions but still pulled in 7.9 million viewers overall, according to fast national estimates. (The network broadcast an encore [1.4/5] at 10.) Fireworks Spectacular was the night’s top show in the adults 18-49 demo and among total viewers. NBC won the night in the demo and in total viewers with 5.5 million. Univision finished second with 2.73 million viewers overall.
On ABC, the network aired the second episode of ABC News: Final Witness (0.7/3) at 10 PM. The crime series was down 30% from last week’s debut. Otherwise it was all repeats last night: Fox went all out with The New Girl at 8 PM (0.6.3), 8:30 PM (0.6/3), 9 PM (0.6/2), and 9:30 PM (0.6/2). ABC had The Middle (0.5/2), Suburgatory (0.6/2) and a double shot of Modern Family at 9 PM (0.9/4) and 9:30 PM (0.9/4). CBS went with Dogs In The City (0.6/3) at 8 PM and Criminal Minds (0.7/3) at 9 PM. NBC had Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (1.0/4 ) and Up All Night (0.6/3).
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