A breakdown of the broadcast live TV ratings on Wednesday, Dec. 16
Many TV shows aired their last new episodes of 2020 on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Here’s a look at the live TV ratings for the night.
There were a couple of specials during the night. NBC started with Christmas Spectacular and ended with A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special. Both shows did okay in the ratings, but the regular programming fared better.
The only thing that didn’t fare better than NBC was Devils and the rerun of Penn & Teller: Fool Us on The CW. That’s not surprising considering it’s The CW. Devils fell another 6%, continuing to put this in danger of being canceled.
The Masked Singer ends Season 4 on a high
FOX aired a two-hour special of The Masked Singer. It all started with the lookback over the season at 8 p.m., which was up 7% in the audience and 9% in the demo compared to the semi-finales. The show won the timeslot, but it would be the actual finale that would win the night.
The 9 p.m. episode saw the numbers tick up 35% in the audience and 41% in the demo. This was a high for the season (I don’t include the Thanksgiving special), proving that FOX did make the right decision to renew the series for Season 5.
Ticking up in the finale wasn’t a surprise. Fans would finally get to see who was under the three final masks and find out who won.
CBS and ABC winter finales
The Great Christmas Light Fight continued on ABC at 8 p.m., remaining steady from the previous episode. This is a great seasonal option so there’s no need for it to be canceled. The live TV ratings held up against other shows during the night, too.
For Life also saw a small tick up in the total audience for its winter finale. The problem is this show sits toward the bottom of all ABC shows, putting it in danger of cancellation. Wednesday nights are difficult for TV shows, though, and it is a show that can perform well in delayed viewing. Hopefully, that’s enough to grant this series a third season.
CBS started off strong with The Amazing Race ticking up almost 4% in the audience and 14% in the total audience. It was the finale, so the upward tick isn’t surprising. Will it be enough to renew the series? More than likely!
SEAL Team dipped very slightly in the audience and was down 16% in the demo for its intense winter finale. I wouldn’t worry too much about it just yet. It was up against The Masked Singer Season 4 finale, which CBS should take into account. The delayed viewings will hopefully prove that another season of the military drama is a must.
We end with SWAT, which ticked up in the audience slightly and remained steady in the demo. CBS will be happy with this. It won the timeslot. SWAT tends to perform well when Chicago PD isn’t on, which CBS will possibly take into account. This is a cop drama that needs to remain on the air.
Take a look at the live TV ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 16.
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