Fox won Wednesday night in the ratings with its “Kensday” lineup (both shows feature Ken Jeong), starting with The Masked Singer which delivered a 1.5 in the adults 18-49 demographic and netted 5.82 million viewers. The reality singing competition was down a tenth from last week but still set the pace in primetime, on a night that also featured the CMA Awards and the return of NBC’s Chicago franchise with new seasons.
Masked Singer served as a lead-in to I Can See Your Voice (0.9, 3.39M), which dipped two tenths in the demo.
The three-hour CMA Awards telecast (1.1, 6.82M) on ABC raised some eyebrows last night with its in-person ceremony in Nashville that included an audience not wearing face coverings. The biggest night in country music was down sharply from last year’s ceremony, which scored a 2.0 rating and drew 11.27 million viewers in Nielsen Live+Same Day numbers.
NBC welcomed back its Chicago trio with new, shutdown-delayed seasons, which were all down nearly a tenth across the board compared with their previous season averages. However, they still stayed strong with the Season 6 premiere of Chicago Med (1.1, 7.61M) leading the way, delivering the night’s biggest audience. It was followed by the Season 9 debut of Chicago Fire (1.0, 7.02M) and the Season 8 premiere of Chicago P.D. (0.9, 6.27M).
The premieres come after Deadline reported that Chicago Fire shut down production on Sunday for two weeks due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests.
CBS last night premiered the fourth season of S.W.A.T. (0.4, 2.58M), which hit series lows in the demo with its two-hour kickoff, while lead-in The Amazing Race (0.6, 3.59M) took a one-tenth hit in the demo.
At the CW, everything was on par with last week with Devils (0.1, 452,000) and Coroner (0.1, 554,K).