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

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In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:



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  • Starr

    These FOX comedies can’t repeat worth nothing they really don’t need to be coming back next season.

  • charmedcraft

    I hope the Chicago Bulls win tonight; we need a win after last nights huge loss to Houston.

  • Chris

    I hope they don’t. :)

  • Oliver

    New Girl did fine for Christmas Day.

    As I said yesterday, Fox will have known beforehand that their holiday comedy marathons would get weak ratings. They see the same numbers (well, more numbers) than we do. The point of them isn’t to chase short-term ratings, it’s to try and grow the numbers, otherwise they’d just air marathons of Cops.

  • jay

    Looking at the picture, Lebron looks so much more muscular than Durant. Matter fact Durant looks like a stick figure. But he still attacks and gets to the rim pretty easily. Just a crafty, smooth, lengthy player Durant is. Lebron is still the best though.

  • 728huey


    The Bulls aren’t going to win anything tonight; the game has been postponed due to a blizzard in Indy.

    I don’t know what was sadder to watch last night; the Bulls getting spanked by the Houston Rockets, or all of those garish monochromatic uniforms the teams were wearing yesterday. The Lakers and Brooklyn Nets uniforms were tolerable, but the rest looked awful.

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