ABC’s NBA coverage, ‘Grinch’ earn top ratings for Christmas day

By Daniel S Levine,

Few were watching TV Tuesday night, with many celebrating Christmas with their families. ABC claimed a ratings victory on the night thanks to the last of the NBA Christmas games and How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

However, CBS still earned the most viewers, averaging 8.12 million, notes HitFix. It earned just a 1.3 18-49 rating. The network aired repeats of NCIS (9.74 million viewers), NCIS: LA (8.59 million) and Vegas (6.03 million), sweeping the night in viewers.

ABC was far back in second place with 5.345 million viewers, despite the 2.0 18-49 average rating. The night started with NBA overrun and the animated version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which averaged 7.4 million viewers and a 2.6 18-49 rating, reports The Wrap. The Jim Carrey-starring live action Grinch followed with 4.46 million viewers over its two hours. It had a 1.7 18-49 rating.

NBC had just 2.94 million viewers and a 0.9 18-49 rating. It aired Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who, which had just over 3 million viewers for both hours. Blake Shelton’s Christmas special drew 2.15 million viewers.

Fox’s four New Girl repeats had 1.64 million viewers and a 0.6 18-49 rating.

The CW aired a new episode of the now-cancelled Emily Owens MD, which had 610,000 viewers and a 0.1 18-49 rating.

On Christmas Eve, Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life, which is now 66-years-old, drew its best numbers since 2005 for NBC, which airs it every year. According to EW, the film had a 1.5 18-49 rating and was the most-watched film screened on broadcast TV this season with 5.6 million viewers.

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