Sunday Cable Ratings: NBA, ‘A Christmas Story’ Marathon Dominate Christmas + ‘Leverage’

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The Celtics-Knicks game easily won out as Christmas’ highest rated and most-watched program with a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating and 5.9 million viewers.  Yes, I know it was actually Christmas, but considering it was on a loop, impressive morning and afternoon numbers for A Christmas Story. 

The highest rated program that began in primetime was the Clippers-Warriors game that started a bit before 11p on the east coast.

TNT’s Leverage aired an original episode at 9pm which averaged a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating and nearly 2 million viewers, on par with last week’s telecast (0.6 A18-49, 2.1 million viewers).

Update via commenter Nick: The Doctor Who Christmas Special pulled 933K viewers with an 0.4 A18-49 rating.

We only receive the top 100 cable shows for adults 25-54 for the whole day from our principal source. If you don’t see an original episode of a show here, it’s because it wasn’t in the top 100. I attempt to filter out repeats, kids shows, and most non-primetime shows. Will add extras that come from other sources later as we receive them.

Selected Sunday cable ratings: (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Program Net Time Viewers (000) 18-49 Rating
NBA BASKETBALL TNT 12:00 PM 5860 2.5
24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC 10:00 AM 4532 1.9
24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC 8:00 AM 3663 1.6
24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC 12:00 PM 3675 1.5
NBA REGULAR SEASON     L ESPN 10:39 PM 3007 1.4
24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC 2:00 PM 3137 1.3
24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC 4:00 PM 2784 1.1
NBA REGULAR SEASON     L ESPN 7:58 PM 2566 1.0
24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC 6:00 PM 2275 1.0
PAWN STARS HIST 10:30 PM 2414 0.7
AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 9:00 PM 2397 0.6
LEVERAGE TNT 9:00 PM 1985 0.6
NBA TIP-OFF TNT 11:00 AM 1379 0.6
AMERICAN RESTORATION HIST 10:00 PM 2106 0.6
HARDCORE PAWN TRU 10:30 PM 1506 0.5
HARDCORE PAWN TRU 10:00 PM 1457 0.5
AMAZING WRLD/GUMBALL FILL TOON 7:48 PM 1734 0.5
AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 1:01 AM 1165 0.5
PARKING WARS AEN 9:30 PM 1185 0.5
IRON CHEF AMERICA FOOD 9:00 PM 1224 0.4

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