TV Ratings Tuesday: Basketball Wins Night, 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' Beats 'Horton Hears a Who' in Dr. Seuss-Themed Duel

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December 26th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.0/6 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/7 1.3/5 0.7/3 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.1/0
Total Viewers (million) 5.435 3.477 8.120 2.937 1.644 0.689


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for ABC (NBA Basketball are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

ABC was the number one network in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On ABC, the end of the  NBA Basketball game topped the night with a preliminary  3.0 adults 18-49 rating. The movie version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating from 9-11PM.

On NBC, Horton Hears a Who garnered a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating even with Thanksgiving, 2011.

Broadcast primetime ratings for December 25, 2012:

Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
ABC NBA Basketball Runover - Live 3.0/9 8.44
CBS NCIS - R 1.4/4 9.74
NBC Horton Hears  A Who (8-10PM) 1.1/3 3.15
FOX New Girl - R 0.7/2 1.87
CW Hart of Dixie - R 0.2/1 0.73
ABC Basketball/ How The Grinch Stole Christmas 2.3/7 6.34
FOX New Girl - R 0.6/2 1.48
ABC Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (9-11PM) 1.7/5 4.46
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles - R 1.4/4 8.59
FOX New Girl - R 0.6/2 1.61
CW Emily Owens M.D. - R 0.1/0 0.65
FOX New Girl - R 0.7/2 1.74
CBS Vegas - R 1.1/3 6.03
NBC Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas - R 0.7/2 2.52

via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:



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  • dantas

    Holy Macaroni, even NCIS repeats skew waay old!

    CW’s gonna go below the radar (0.0) this summer, you’ll see…

  • omabin

    Why the hell is the cw repeating a canceled show?

  • Dave

    Worse than that.

    The CW was promoting new episodes of this cancelled show…for the New Year.

  • omabin

    Really? Did not know that.. They are lost cause

  • Nathan

    Ouch @ CW

  • ToXiX

    New Girl pulled the same numbers as Raising Hope did the day before.

    But who’s ready for those sad numbers for Ben & Kate come tomorrow ?

    8 – 0.4/1
    830 – 0.3/1
    9 – 0.4/1
    930 – 0.3/1

    Mindy will probably pull at least ONE 0.5 but expect the numbers to be the Same.

  • Melissa

    Lol at Emily Owens, M.D.

  • American

    ABC: Benefited from basketball overrun, obviously.
    CBS: Good for repeats, at least in viewers.
    NBC: Oh well. It’s all repeats and a movie, what do you expect?
    FOX: 2 hours of New Girl, never going over 0.7. Take that how you want to.
    CW: What can I say? It’s the CW.

  • a p garcia

    In my semi-awake stupor, I though EOMD rated a 1, then I did a double take and it was a .1. Glad to see The Grinch is still “The King” in TV Christmas ratings.

  • thewbviewer

    Hey can anyone tell me how many viewers the movie merlin got? It aired on telefutura

  • cas

    I highly doubt the bad numbers at CW mean anything considering it was Christmas and they were repeats.

  • Dan S

    I think the CW would’ve been better off running the Yule Log last night. That’s 2 hrs of Christmas music & watching a burning log. Though commercial disruptions would break the ambiance.

  • Oliver

    Last year: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/12/28/sunday-final-ratings-bears-packers-averages-over-24-million-viewers-christmas-night/114782/

    New Girl did better than I expected; almost did as well as Fox’s animation block last year.

  • Pundit

    Horton vs. Grinch — one of the dumber schedulings ever. I watched BBT on TBS instead

  • Pundit

    Of course it was Christmas and you were supposed to be doing something besides watch TV

  • Gloria

    CW = hahahaha…!!

  • RG-X

    New Girl Marathon = Fail.

  • Steph


    What’s the point of even bringing that up? Stupid.

  • rob60990

    ABC actually won a Tuesday without DWTS. ;)

  • Networkman


    Ben & Kate’s ratings will be embrassing low. It has to compete against ABC’s successful lineup with The Middle and Modern Family. Also NBC has comedies in the 8pm hour. It would of been better if FOX did something like this:

    8pm Simpsons
    8:30 Ben & Kate
    9pm Family Guy
    9:30 Ben & Kate

    FOX did not need 2 full hours of this freshman comedy.

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