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|
|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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