8:28am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: NBC's 'The Wall' Samples Well After 'Talent' Holiday Special
NBC stayed bullish with the first Monday after The Voice season wrap-up. Despite the inclination by many to air repeats this week, the network had three full hours of new unscripted programming.
The leader was America's Got Talent: Holiday Spectacular. The two-hour effort averaged a dominant 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers. It was a welcome launchpad for The Wall. The new reality competition earned a solid 1.6 rating in the key demo, holding an impressive showing from its lead-in, and 6.5 million viewers.
CBS was also all new. And special First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell nearly matched Talent in the audience race. It averaged 9.4 million viewers for the hour, also pulling a strong 1.3 rating among adults 18-49. The network wrapped up the night with new episodes of Man With a Plan (1.1 adults), 2 Broke Girls (1.2 adults) and Scorpion (1.2 adults).
ABC aired two new episodes of The Great Christmas Light Fight, with a tentative 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 before any adjustments. Both the CW and Fox aired encores, and, for the former, special Marie Claire Young Women's Honors. That pulled just 540,000 viewers.