TV Ratings: 'The Wall' Leads Trump-Interrupted Tuesday

SCOTUS announcement doesn't do particularly big business on the broadcast networks.
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In a move that could prove telling for the coming four years, President Donald Trump commandeered the broadcast airwaves Tuesday evening for a reality show-esque presser to announce his pick for the long-vacant Supreme Court seat.

The executive producer of The Apprentice, who kept his choice silent for 36 hours in favor of primetime exposure, blanketed the Big Four and the cable news networks during the top of the evening block. He appeared shortly after 8 p.m. ET to announce his nomination of Neil Gorsuch. Early returns have CBS leading broadcast coverage of the news, averaging an overnight 5.6 rating among households — though some of that crowd could have been tuned in to the 2 Broke Girls repeat that occupied the rest of the half-hour. (Final adjustments will come later Wednesday.)

With a scant five original outings airing on the Big Four, NBC's The Wall led the way with a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. It was the biggest showing of the night, by far, in the key demo.

Fox aired new episodes of The Mick (1.1 adults) and Bones (0.9 adults). CBS had annual special Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2017. That earned a 0.9 rating in the key demo. On ABC, there was only a new episode of Agents of SHIELD (0.6 adults).

The CW, never one to interrupt programming for breaking news, offered up counterprogramming in the form of The Flash (1.1 adults) at 8 p.m. The drama was up two-tenths of a point from last week. Legends of Tomorrow concluded the block with a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49.