Saturday, January 09, 2010

‘People’s Choice’ Wins

“The People’s Choice Awards,” with Queen Latifah as host, attracted its largest audience in three years on Wednesday as 10.7 million viewers tuned in to the two-hour broadcast on CBS, according to Nielsen’s estimates.

The 36th annual installment of the awards show helped lift CBS to No. 1 in the night’s ratings, as did CBS’s 8 p.m. special “I Get That a Lot” (8.5 million), in which celebrities pulled pranks. NBC ranked second on the night. Although its medical drama “Mercy” garnered a modest 7.3 million viewers at 8, “Law & Order: SVU” led the 9 p.m. hour with 10.8 million viewers. At 10 the “Jay Leno Show” drew 5.2 million viewers, edging past ABC’s “Ugly Betty” (5.1 million). ABC finished close behind NBC in third place with two episodes of “The Middle” at 8 (7.5 million) and 8:30 (8.2 million) followed by “Modern Family” at 9 (10.2 million) and “Cougar Town” at 9:30 (7.9 million). Fox was fourth with repeats of “Glee” at 8 and 9, both averaging 3.4 million viewers.


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