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TV Ratings Saturday: 'It's A Wonderful Life' Tops 'Narnia'; But 'Cops' & 'America's Most Wanted' More Wonderful

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December 12th, 2010

Scoreboard FOX NBC CBS ABC
Adults 18-49 Rating/Share 1.7/6 1.2/4 1.2/4 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 5.057 4.924 4.615 3.789


The Saturday night adults 18-49 ratings were more wonderful for the Fox reality crime duo of COPS and America's Most Wanted.

COPS' new episode at 8pm scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating even with last week, and America's Most Wanted's 1.8 rating was up two tenths from last week.

Jimmy Stewart's It's A Wonderful Life was up a tenth of a point from last season's Saturday airing to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. That topped ABC's Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating on the night, which was a tenth down from The Polar Express on the comparable night last season.

On CBS, a new 48 Hours Mystery at 10pm slipped a tenth vs. last week to a 1.2 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, December 11, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX COPS 1.5 5 4.516
CBS FROSTY THE SNOWMAN - R 1.4 5 4.518
NBC IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - R 1.0 4 4.331
ABC THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: 0.7 2 3.301
8:30 FOX COPS - R 1.7 6 5.025
CBS FROSTY RETURNS - R 1.3 4 4.234
NBC IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - R 1.1 4 4.464
ABC THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: 0.9 3 3.478
9:00 FOX AMERICA'S Most Wanted:  A 1.7 6 5.271
NBC IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - R 1.2 4 4.735
CBS THE FLIGHT BEFORE CHRISTM 1.1 4 3.984
ABC THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: 0.9 3 3.516
9:30 FOX AMERICA'S Most Wanted:  A 1.8 6 5.417
NBC IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - R 1.3 4 4.832
CBS THE FLIGHT BEFORE CHRISTM 1.2 4 4.335
ABC THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: 1.0 3 3.724
10:00 NBC IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - R 1.4 4 5.376
CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.1 3 5.082
ABC THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: 1.1 4 4.066
10:30 NBC IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - R 1.5 5 5.809
ABC THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: 1.3 4 4.529
CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.2 4 5.535

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