TV Ratings Monday: It's Still A Wonderful Life as Classic Film Wins Christmas Eve

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December 25th, 2012

Scoreboard NBC ABC CBS FOX CW x
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/6 1.0/4 1.0/4 0.6/2 0.2/1 x
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.2/5 0.9/4 0.7/3 0.4/2 0.2/1 x
Total Viewers (million) 5.616 3.388 4.166 1.631 0.724 x


NBC was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On NBC, the annual airing of It's a Wonderful Life earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating up 7% from a 1.4 on Christmas Eve 2011.

On ABC, Prep & Landing scored a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating down 35% from a 1.4 on December 11. Shrek the Halls garnered a 1.0, down 60% from a 2.5 on November 28.

On the CW, the obscure holiday movie Christmas is Here Again earned a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating from 8-9PM. Another Christmas special, Second Star to the Left notched a 0.2 among adults 18-49.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, December 24, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC It's A Wonderful Life - R (8-11PM) 1.5/6 5.62
ABC Prep & Landing - R 0.9/4 3.446
CBS How I Met Your Mother - R 0.9/4 3.33
FOX Raising Hope  - R 0.7/3 1.86
CW Christmas is Here Again (8-9:00PM) 0.3/1 0.81
8:30 ABC Shrek The Halls - R 1.0/4 3.41
CBS How I Met Your Mother - R 1.0/4 3.28
FOX Raising Hope  - R 0.5/2 1.43
9:00 CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 1.2/4 4.30
ABC Shrek The Third - R (9-11PM) 1.1/4 3.37
FOX Raising Hope  - R 0.5/2 1.54
CW Christmas is Here Again  (9-9:30PM) 0.2/1 0.68
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly - R 1.2/4 4.54
FOX Raising Hope  - R 0.6/2 1.69
CW Second Star To The Left 0.2/1 0.61
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five -0 - R 1.0/3 4.781

Via NBC Press Note:

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  • Gloria

    WoW I’m first :)

  • POI

    these ratings are disastrous.

  • Survivor Fan

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

  • kyle

    a 1.5 for a very old movie is great

  • Steven Leitner

    Even without The Voice, NBC still wins on Monday.

  • SJ

    Merry Christmas everybody! :)

  • Jerry

    “Hope” ran a spoof of “Wonderful Life” at 8. Really funny. I see that show slowly climbing.

  • disney rocks

    Fox is listed for Rasiing Hope from 8-9:30, but they aren;t listed for 9:30. WHat did they air at 9:30? Was the 9:00 RH an hour?

  • John A

    Wow RH did bad. New Girl will do the same tonight.

  • a p garcia

    It proves a classic movie can still pull in ratings and it is in B & W!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Sara Bibel

    I added the 9:30 episode of Raising Hope. Thanks for catching that.

  • Oliver

    Fox will have expected low ratings from their comedy marathons. It’s pretty clear the purpose of airing the comedies is to support and grow them, not to chase short-term ratings.

    Fox should be applauded for trying to support their shows. This is in stark contrast to NBC, wh treat most of their shows like complete crap.

  • John A

    Raising Hope wont grow i mean its in mid 1.s at season 3. It will just survive to season 4 for Syndication.

  • John A

    And really what does NBC do thats bad? I know Community hasnt been on this season but that flop is lucky to have lasted this long as well as the other comedy flops they air.

  • Debsafan

    I watch Raising Hope until it went off then watched How to Train you Dragon again. Makes 3 times this year. Pretty cute cartoon.

  • Ashley

    Merry Christmas everyone!!!

  • Douglas in TN

    “It’s a Wonderful Life” is unbearable on NBC…constant, constant commercials. Within twenty minutes I switched to the DVD.

  • ateofi

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :)

  • JulieDawn


    Yes CTV here in Canada shows Wonderful Life at the same time with the same endless commercial breaks.

    So DVD for me too (for that and most of my other favourites as well!) Or else I watch several Christmas shows I’ve seen a zillion times at the same time, and just switch among them during the ads or on different time zone airings….makes for an amusing, if somewhat confusing evening!

  • Ben

    It’s a Wonderful Life is 2 hours 10 minutes long. NBC takes 3 hours to show this movie so they can put 50 minutes of commercials in it. I got a Blu-ray of the film, and I feel sorry for anyone who can not afford to get a Blu-ray, DVD, or even a VHS copy of the classic and has to sit through NBC’s commercial filled mess.
    It’s worth noting that a lot of people were travelling last night, or were at Christmas Eve church services.

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