TV Ratings: 'Kennedy Center Honors' Slip to Demo Low

CBS' annual broadcast of the honors inches up in viewers but reaches an all-time low among adults 18-49.
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CBS' annual Kennedy Center Honors broadcast improved a little in viewers compared with last year's all-time low, but its adults 18-49 rating fell to the special's smallest ever.

The two-hour special — the only original show on the broadcast networks Wednesday — drew 6.58 million viewers, a 7 percent bump from the 2017 show. Its 0.6 rating among adults 18-49, however, is down a tenth of a point from a year ago, a new low for the honors. Among the honorees were Cher, composer Philip Glass, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Reba McEntire.

The 2016 Kennedy Center Honors, in contrast, had more than 8 million viewers and a 1.0 in adults 18-49.

Reruns of The Goldbergs on ABC and Chicago P.D. on NBC tied for the adults 18-49 lead in primetime, each drawing a 0.7. ABC's American Housewife and Modern Family and NBC's Chicago Med and Chicago Fire matched the 0.6 for the Kennedy Center Honors.

NBC led the night in the 18-49 demo with a 0.6 rating. ABC and CBS tied for second place at 0.5. Fox drew a 0.4, and The CW trailed at 0.1.