A holiday special for NBC summer unscripted series America’s Got Talent scored a 1.8 in viewers 18-49, according to Nielsen’s overnights, helping the sneak preview of game show The Wall to a promising 1.6. The Wall, from LeBron James and Chris Hardwick, has its official debut Jan. 2. Hardwick is host as well.
NBC won the night at 1.7 and a 6 share, ahead of CBS’ 1.2/4, ABC’s 1.1/4, Fox’s 0.4/1 and The CW’s 0.3/1.
CBS had a sit-down between Oprah Winfrey and First Lady Michelle Obama, which rated a 1.3. Nearly 9.4 million watched First Lady Michelle Obama Says Goodbye to the White House.
Man With a Plan decreased 8% to 1.1 and 2 Broke Girls did a flat 1.2, then drama Scorpion grew 9% to 1.2.
ABC’s Great Christmas Light Fight slipped 8% to 1.2 and a repeated Great American Baking Show posted a 0.9.
Fox was in reruns, while CW ran a repeated Supergirl before the Marie Claire Young Women’s Honors rated a 0.2.
The broadcasters were up against Monday Night Football on ESPN.
Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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