With reruns galore as Christmas approaches, TV audiences were down as Wednesday night's three top networks averaged fewer than 5.5 million viewers — and everyone else even less.
At 8/7c, first-run episodes of Fox's Human Target and NBC's Undercovers(still dumping the inventory after its untimely demise)reeled in audiences of 5.7 million and 4.2 million, respectively. Meanwhile repeats of ABC's The Middle and Better With You attracted 6.1 million viewers and 5.1 million viewers, respectively, and CBS' annual A Home for the Holidays special drew 3.9 million.
In the 18-to-49 demographic, CBS' Home scored just a 0.7 rating — slightly better than the CW's Hellcats rerun at 8, but 36 percent below last year's special.
The biggest audience of the night went to CBS' repeat of Criminal Minds, which pulled in 6.9 million viewers at 9 o'clock.
Million Dollar Money Drophad nearly 4.8 million people tuning in Wednesday, but was down 20 percent among 18-to-49-year-old from the night before.
CBS won the night — barely — with a 5.48 million viewers. Fox and NBC followed with 5.28 million and 5.27 million viewers, respectively. ABC was fourth (4.99 million) while the CW got 1.33 million.