Tiffany Haddish’s ‘Kids Say The Darndest Things’ CBS Debut Down From ABC Premiere; NBC ‘Chicago’ Trio Rules Viewership

Kids Say The Darndest Things
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Kids Say The Darndest Things, but the children’s’ odd and adorably clueless phrases host Tiffany Haddish has to deal were not enough for the CBS variety show to rule Wednesday’s ratings.

Hosted by the Bad Trip and Tuca and Bertie actress, Kids Say The Darndest Things‘ CBS premiere on Wednesday dropped 67% in the 18-49 demographic (0.3) and 34% in audience size (3.56M viewers) from its ABC’s premiere in October 2019 (0.9, 5.40M). The variety show, which ran on ABC until January 2020 and was cancelled in May, moved to CBS in December. The current KSTDT is a reimagining of the original, hosted by Bill Cosby between 1998 and 2000. The series originated from Art Linkletter’s House Party.

Wednesday’s episode kicked off with Haddish asking two children about themselves, their dreams and their families while their mothers watched from behind a wall. The premiere also featured a prank casting where two girls played with a speaking with and another segment saw kids boast their skills – from cup-stacking to eardrum-bursting screams.

Upon its ABC premiere, KSTDT was the network’s highest-rated and most watched program of the night. That wasn’t the case for CBS on Wednesday, as the David Boreanaz drama SEAL Team took that seat (0.4, 3.66M).

KSTDT was up against NBC’s Chicago Med, Fox’s The Masked Singer, The CW’s Kung Fu. It also clashed with ABC’s The Goldbergs and Home Economics at the 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. time slots,  respectively.

Wednesday evening saw The Masked Singer reign supreme with the highest rating, a 1.0 in adults 18-49. However in total viewership, Chicago Fire (0.9) took the crown with 6.95 million viewers, second in ratings. The rest of the Chicago trio follow in next highest ratings and viewership – Chicago PD (0.9, 5.56M) and Chicago Med (0.8, 6.82M).

See all of Wednesday’s primetime ratings below.



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