CBS’ annual airing of Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials (1.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, 7.02 million viewers) was Tuesday night’s most watched show in primetime, as broadcast networks stayed mostly quiet having previously adjusted for the planned State of the Union address that ended up being postponed a week.
Greatest Commercials rose 8% in total viewers compared with last year, while dipping a tenth in the demo. The networks followed with repeats of NCIS and FBI but took the night overall in total viewers.
NBC’s Ellen’s Game of Games went back back with originals at 8 PM (1.6, 7.04M) and 9 PM (1.7, 6.97M), with the latter the top-rated show on a night when ABC and Fox stuck with all-rerun lineups.
On the CW, new episodes of The Flash and Rosewell, New Mexico were both off a tenth week-to-week in the demo, though Flash saw its second-best viewership of the season.
Overall, NBC (1.5, 6.29M) won the night in the demo ahead of No. 2 CBS (0.8, 6.61M). ABC (0.5, 2.48M), Fox (0.5, 1.66M) and the CW (0.5, 1.65M) followed.
The State of the Union will now take place in primetime Tuesday, February 5, which means more tweaks to regular programming including to This Is Us on NBC.