ABC Wins a Light Wednesday With Barbara Walters Special; CBS Holiday Program Tanks

Dec 19, 2013  •  Post A Comment

On an off night for the broadcast networks, ABC found the winning formula by airing 90 minutes of repeats leading into the annual "Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People" special. Walters revealed on the program that her Most Fascinating Person of 2013 is Hillary Clinton.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the Alphabet Network topped its broadcast rivals with a 1.8 average rating for prime time in the key 18-49 demo, based on Nielsen overnights. The 90-minute Barbara Walters special pulled a preliminary 2.1 average, equaling last year’s show.

Second-place NBC saw its two-hour "The Sing-Off" tumble two-tenths from a week earlier to a 1.6 average in viewers 18-49, with "Michael Buble’s Third Annual Christmas Special" slipping one-tenth from a year ago to a 1.3.

Fox rode its two-hour "The X Factor" to a third-place finish, as the show dipped one-tenth from last week to a 1.3 average in 18-49.

CBS aired mostly repeats along with a low-rated Celine Dion special and slipped below Univision to come in fifth overall among the broadcast nets. "A Home for the Holidays with Celine Dion" generated a weak 0.6 average in the 18-49 demo, off two-tenths from last year’s special and an all-time low for "A Home for the Holidays."

Repeats of "Criminal Minds" (1.3 average in 18-49) and "CSI" (1.1) fared better than the Celine Dion show for CBS.

For prime time overall, ABC led the way with a 1.8 average in adults 18-49, followed by NBC (1.5 average), Fox (1.3), Univision (1.1) and CBS (1.0). ABC also won total viewers, averaging 7.2 million to lead CBS (6.0 million), NBC (5.3 million), Fox (5.0 million) and Univision (2.8 million).

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