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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  • Timothy Wade

    FOX is going to have one miserable week of ratings as Raising Hope doesn’t do well at all in repeats so next season should be its last.

    FOX needs to simply go back to the drawing board on their comedy roster.

  • Anne Idiot

    NBC has GOT to consider doing a “Wonderful Life” series now…

  • Gleebo

    Wait until the full night of Ben and Kate tomorrow. That should make the RH numbers look like TBBT in comparison.

    Until Fox finds a new comedy that can consistently come close to beating RH it will probably stick around. Mindy and Ben & Kate aren’t doing that and who knows if Goodwin Games will be the companion to New Girl that everyone around here has been hyping it to be.

  • K

    Merry Christmas everyone.

  • Ruan


    Interesting theory, I like it. And it does make a lot of sense. I must admit I have a negative view of FOX, though. Their scheduling mistakes destroyed “Fringe” and caused its ratings to collapse. But your theory is very good and if you’re right then they are a very smart network. Giving the shows more exposure is always good.

  • DW

    a 68 year old movie wins Christmas eve night. take THAT walking dead. :)

  • battye

    It is a wonderful movie. Has it ever been converted to colour? I take it NBC air the black and white version?

  • Patrick G.


  • Reeve Mason

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  • Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?

    They should do a full length version of the old Beavis and Butthead episode “Its a Miserable Life” which shows how better off Beavis and everyone else would be if Butthead had never been born.

  • Ben

    @Barrye: It’s A Wonderful Life, originally filmed in Black and White, was “colorized” as well. If you get the Blu-ray version of the movie, you will received both examples of the film, plus a short and a trailer for the movie.

  • Ben

    My previous reply was to Battye regarding the colorized version of It’s A Wonderful Life.
    Happy Holidays everybody.

  • RG-X

    Dear CW – get better Christmas movies & specials. It can’t be THAT hard.

  • 728huey

    I’m not sure why people are freaking out at the ratings for Christmas Eve; the period between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day is traditionally one of the least watched periods for TV during the entire year. The only programs that crack over five or six million viewers are sports programs, particularly NFL games, and maybe Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. This year, ABC is devoting all of it’s prime time schedule to NYRE, with a two hour retrospective tribute to Dick Clark, followed by the regular telecast.

    As for Christmas Eve, I’m sure millions of people were doing the same thing I was doing, which was spending the holidays with extended family and having early Christmas celebrations, so TV was the last thing on people’s minds.

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