Primetime Ratings Wednesday: NBC on Top as Networks Cover DC Mayhem

Contestants Melissa and Devin in the "Episode 2" episode of Name That Tune
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NBC had the top score in Wednesday prime, with most networks going to live coverage of President Trump’s supporters taking over the Capitol in Washington, and Congress’ certification of Electoral College votes for the president. NBC, live throughout prime, posted a 1.0 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 5 share. Tied for second were ABC and Fox at 0.7/4. 

ABC was also covering the breaking news live across prime. 

Fox had The Masked Dancer at 0.7, down 42% from its premiere, and the premiere of Name That Tune at 0.7. 

CBS scored a 0.4/2. It had comedy reruns 8-9 p.m. and then went with live news. 

Univision also posted a 0.4/2 with live coverage. 

Telemundo rated a 0.3/2 with Noticias

The CW got a 0.1/0 with repeats of Riverdale and Nancy Drew

Michael Malone

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.