9:39am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Trump 'First Family' Special Can't Find a Crowd on ABC
NBC's former drama flagship The Blacklist may now be suffering from anemic same-day ratings, but it was still of greater interest than ABC News' Inauguration eve special about the Trump family.
America's First Family: The Trumps, an hourlong newsmagazine devoted to now President and executive producer of The Apprentice Donald Trump, pulled a very modest 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 — and lost the 10 p.m. time slot to both The Blacklist and CBS' Pure Genius with 4.9 million viewers. The Blacklist led the hour with an equally unimpressive 1.0 rating among adults 18-49.
CBS may have pulled the weakest demo showing at 10 o'clock, but its robust comedy line-up was enough to secure an easy win in the key demo for the entire night. The Big Bang Theory, down a shade with a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49, nearly doubled the second-highest performer of the night — lead-outs The Great Indoors and Mom. Both of those sitcoms were up to a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 before an also-improved Life in Pieces (1.5 adults).
The culinary block of Hell's Kitchen (1.3 adults) and My Kitchen Rules (0.9 adults) were solid on Fox, both even with last week. And, earlier in the night on NBC, comedy The Good Place posted two original episodes, each with a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. Drama Chicago PD was also steady with its 1.2 rating.
ABC led into its Trump special with repeats of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.