ABC Comedies Clock Christmas-Themed Climb; NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Dominates Demo


Broadcast networks’ Wednesday scripted shows aired their last originals of the fall.

ABC’s all-Christmas-themed comedies grew from previous week – one tenth of a rating point apiece, excepting Black-ish (1.2 rating in adults 18-49 demo, 4.34 million viewers) which climbed two tenths.  That slate also includes The Middle (1.3, 5.74M), Fresh Off the Boat (1.0, 3.92M) and The Mayor (0.8, 2.84M).

At 10 PM, no gain for the network’s Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (0.6, 2.50M).

With NBC’s This Is Us not airing in the 9 PM time slot, CBS’ Bull (1.3, 10.82M) rose to its top 18-49 rating since October 10, equaling its season high.

NBC’s The Voice (1.7, 9.75M) took the 8 PM hour in the demo and was the No. 1 show of the night in that metric, while CBS’ 8 PM NCIS (1.4, 12.46M), the night’s most watched program, topped in total viewers.

NBC’s 9 PM special, Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas  (1.2, 7.17M), tied Bull in the 18-49 demo and won in the 18-34 age bracket. Bull dominated total viewers in the hour.

NBC’s Chicago Med (1.1, 6.24M) finished first in the demo at 10 PM while NCIS: New Orleans (0.9, 8.19M) was No. 1 in the slot in overall audience.

In the end, NBC (1.3, 7.72M) won the demo for the night; CBS (1.2, 10.5M) took total viewers. ABC (0.9, 3.64M) was No. 3 in both metrics.

Fox (0.8, 2.98M) followed with a slate that included Lethal Weapon (1.0, 4.12M), and  back-to-back Brooklyn Nine-Nine episodes (0.7, 1.96M; 0.7, 1.70M).

The CW (0.2, 914K) aired Greatest Holiday Commercials (0.3, 1.04M) and a repeat of CBS’ Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (0.2, 787K). The undies special had logged a 1.5 and 5.03M viewers in its original November 28 broadcast.

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