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Primetime Ratings: CBS Edges ABC With Reruns

The broadcast networks are largely in winter hibernation mode until the mid-season starts, and CBS took the battle of (mostly) reruns with an inauspicious 1.0 rating in 18-49, according to Nielsen’s overnights, and a 3 share. ABC did have an original in the lineup, and took second at 0.9/3. NBC played to a 0.7/3, Fox to a 0.6/2 and CW at 0.3/1.

CBS aired reruns of NCIS (1.2), NCIS: New Orleans and Limitless.

ABC had rebroadcasts of Fresh Off the Boat and The Muppets, then The Year 2015, with a 1.0 rating and 4.1 million total viewers. Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts hosted that news recap special.

NBC had reruns of Hollywood Game Night and Chicago Med, then Chicago Fire. Fox aired a rebroadcast of The Simpsons and Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas.

CW had repeats of The Flash and iZombie.

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.