Hallmark Channel's 'Countdown to Christmas' Remains A Holiday Tradition for Viewers with 3rd Straight Week At The Top

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November 20th, 2012

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“Matchmaker Santa” Delivers 3.0 HH Rtg and “It's Christmas, Carol!” Garners 2.2 HH Rtg


“Matchmaker Santa” Is Network’s Highest-Rated Original Movie and Highest-Rated Telecast of The Year Among HHs, W25-54, A25-54 and Total Viewers


Hallmark Channel’s ratings momentum continues with cable’s highest-rated movie of the week for the third straight week! The Saturday, November 17th premiere of original movie, “Matchmaker Santa”, delivered a 3.0 household rating, attracting more than 4.8 million unduplicated viewers and becoming Hallmark Channel’s highest-rated original movie and highest-rated telecast of the year among households, W25-54, A25-54, and total viewers. The Sunday, November 18th debut of Hallmark Channel original, “It's Christmas, Carol!”, garnered a 2.2 household rating with nearly 4.0 million unduplicated viewers and is third highest-rated original movie of the year among households. The first full week of Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” holiday programming (11/12-11/18/12, Mon-Sun, 6am-6am), seen by 21.4 million unduplicated viewers, was the network’s highest week of 2012-to-date among total day households, total day W25-54, prime time households, and prime time W25-54.


Among the key demo of W25-54 rating, “Matchmaker Santa” was the #1 cable movie of the week and the #1 telecast of Saturday. In the Saturday 8-10p time period, “Matchmaker Santa” ranked among the top 3 in households and key demo ratings, including #1 in households (3.0 rating) , W25-54 (1.6 rating), and total viewers(1.5 rating). The film also placed in the top 3 for household and key demo impressions, delivering #1 in households (2,571,000), W25-54 (726,000), and total viewers (3,275,000). “Matchmaker Santa” elevated Hallmark Channel to be the #1 rated cable network for the entire day among W25-54 and the #1 rated cable network in prime time for Saturday among household and W25-54.


“It's Christmas, Carol!” was the #1 rated ad-supported cable movie for Sunday and the #2 movie of the week, ranking #2 in households (2.2 rating) and #2 in total viewers (1.1 rating) for the 8-10p time period. In the time period, the film delivered #2 in households (1,934,000) and #3 in P2+ (2,334,000) for household and key demo impressions. Among W25-54 rating, “It's Christmas, Carol!” was the #3 rated ad-supported cable movie of Sunday, lifting Hallmark Channel to the #2 rated cable network for the entire day among W25-54.


Baker Melanie Hogan’s romantic holiday plans with her workaholic boyfriend go awry in Hallmark Channel’s original movie, “Matchmaker Santa”, when a chance meeting with a mysterious Santa strands her and her boyfriend’s best friend, Dean, in a charming small town. There, Melanie finds her lost Christmas spirit and starts to see that the man of her dreams may not be her boyfriend after all. Stars Lacey Chabert, Florence Henderson, John Ratzenberger, Adam Mayfield, and Donovan Scott.


In “It's Christmas, Carol!”, a modern-day spin on "A Christmas Carol", ruthless tycoon Carol Huffman is visited by the ghost of her old boss on Christmas Eve to help her change her heartless ways. Stars Carrie Fisher, Emmanuelle Vaugier, and Carson Kressley.




Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of nearly 87 million subscribers. Hallmark Channel is the nation’s leading destination for quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies and specials, as well as some of television’s most beloved sitcoms and series, including The Golden Girls, Frasier, Little House on the Prairie, and The Waltons. The channel is also home to a diverse range of lifestyle programming, including the newly-launched Home & Family, a daily two-hour live show shot in a fully functional house located on the Universal Studios lot and Marie, a one-hour talk show hosted by iconic entertainer, Marie Osmond. Hallmark Channel's sibling network, Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, focuses on family-friendly movies with a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, original Hallmark Channel movies, and special events.

  • Nancy

    Am I the only one in the country who is sick to death of your sugary Christmas movies?? I know I’m not after talking to many of my friends.

    You would think that you could go back to the regular Frazier, Golden Girls lineup at their regular time frame after the sugar overload 7 days a week no less.

    I for one, and my friends, are finding other channels and networks to watch. Let’s hope when you go back to regular programming that we know about it.

    Sick to my stomach, a Viewer

  • r0ckmypants

    Lmao @ Nancy

  • Bob

    Nancy….Bah Humbug….lol. I kinda like the smultzy Christmas movies. I mean come on it is once a year…..Love ya anyway Nancy.

  • Brett

    I love the Hallmark Christmas movies. They are always entertaining and the casting is always interesting. Florence Henderson and Lin Shaye were hilarious in Matchmaker Santa, and the romantic main storyline was cute. I haven’t watched It’s Christmas, Carol! yet, but it’s on my DVR. How can you go wrong with Carrie Fisher and Carson Kressley?

  • Doug in CA

    I love those movies. I look forward to them all year.

  • Sandra Hyvare

    There’s so much extra time to enjoy some TV between Thanksgiving and Christmas, why don’t you put the regular evening shows back on for those of us who don’t enjoy these continual holiday movies. It isn’t fair for viewers who pay for cable TV to lose one channel for two entire months. I think I’ll request a reimbursement from Comcast for these two months.

  • Sandy

    Love the Christmas movies. Both Matchmaker Santa and It’s Christmas, Carol! were entertaining. Thank you from a viewer who lives in sunny temperature year round.


    I know it is not your fault, but I hate that the music in the movies is so loud I can’t hear what the actors are saying. I have to turn it up so loud and it just makes the music louder and still can’t hear the actors. Please pass this on to the makers of the movies. It is soooooooooooooo awful to want to see the show and can’t hear it right. I have perfect hearing, so that is not the problem, the music is…

  • BMH

    Honestly the music in these movies is so overpowering many times you cannot even hear what the actors are saying. Please tone it down!!!

  • angela

    Christmas is over. I want to watch golden girls and Frasier

  • Rose

    It’s January 2013. Stop with the Christmas movies & get back to regular programming. The movies were not the best & 2 mos. of them has driven me to find new channels.

  • michael angelo

    Well, the Christmas movies are the best part of their programming. Those who miss the comedies can watch those on almost any other channel any day of the year. Why should those of us who happen to enjoy the movies be forced to give up the programming we’re paying for for ten months out of the year? Maybe I should contact my service provider for a refund … Ha!

  • michael angelo

    Make that most of the Christmas movies are the best part of their programming.

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