Kennedy Center Honors puts CBS on top


Fox rose to the top of Tuesday primetime in the adults 18-49 demographic while CBS won in viewership for its two hours of coverage of the Kennedy Center honors.

Fox's 3.2 rating in the demographic for the night was the result of two hours of "House" repeats, which won both 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research.

The 8 p.m. "House" (7.6 million, 2.8/8) tied with "NCIS" (11.8 million, 2.8/8) in the demo while "NCIS" was the top in viewership for the hour and the night. It was well ahead of NBC's "Tom Brokaw Special" ( 7.5 million, 2.1/6) and ABC's "Rudolph's Shiny New Year" (5 million, 1.7/5).

"House" (9.2 million, 3.6/10) was the unquestioned demo leader of a diminished 9 p.m. hour, while the first of the two-hour "Kennedy Center Honors" (10 million, 1.9/5) won both hours in viewership. ABC's two episodes of "Big Day" ( 3.9 million, 1.4/4) nor was NBC's repeat "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (8.2 million, 2.5/7).

The 10 p.m. hour in the demo went to NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (9.1 million, 3.1/9) ahead of the second hour of CBS's "Kennedy Center Honors" and ABC's "Boston Legal" (5 million, 1.6/5).

Nightly averages: ABC (4.6 million, 1.6/4); CBS (10.6 million, 2.2/6); NBC (8.3 million, 2.6/7); Fox (8.4 million, 3.2/9); and The CW (1.6 million, 0.7/2).