TV Ratings: Holiday Specials Dominate Pre-Christmas Tuesday

The broadcast networks blanket the airwaves with festive fare — and a birthday party for Tony Bennett.
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Every 10 years, Tony Bennett gets an all-star TV treatment from NBC. The crooner hit another birthday milestone Tuesday night with the telecast of Tony Bennett Celebrates 90.

For those who struggle with math, that means it's been a decade since the network brought us Tony Bennett Celebrates 80. And as the singer's age has climbed, his ratings have held remarkably steady. Last night's special was on par with the 2006 outing by nabbing 6.6 million viewers and a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49.

Bennett's demo score was duplicated by Michael Buble Sings and Swings, but it wasn't enough to win NBC the night among adults 18-49. That went to ABC, which aired the two-hour news recap of one of the least appealing years in recent memory. The Year 2016 averaged a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers for the network.

CBS topped the night among total viewers with its robust repeat entries of NCIS and Bull, while Fox was the only network to offer up an original. Scream Queens pulled a steady 0.5 rating among adults 18-49.

On the CW, new holiday special entry Terry Crews Saves Christmas fetched a 0.3 rating in the key demo, as did its Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown.

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