TV Ratings Tuesday: 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' Beats 'It's a Wonderful Life' to Win Christmas Eve

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December 25th, 2013

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Movie

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.3/5 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.4/2 0.4/2 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.1/5 0.9/4 0.5/2 0.4/2 0.3/2 0.1/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.027 4.660 6.557 1.329 1.941 1.007


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

On ABC, the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas scored a 1.2 down 33 percent from a 1.8 last Christmas Eve when it had NBA Basketball as a lead in.  The film How the Grinch Stole Christmas garnered a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 24 percent from a 1.7 last Christmas Eve..

On NBC, It's a Wonderful Life earned a 1.1, even with Friday's telecast.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, December 24, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas - R 1.2/5 4.08
NBC It's A Wonderful Life (8-11PM) - R 1.1/4 4.66
CBS NCIS - R 0.8/4 6.83
FOX Dads - R 0.4/2 1.40
CW The 12 Dogs of Christmas - R (8-10PM) 0.2/1 1.01
8:30 ABC Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas - R (8:30-11PM) 1.3/5 4.02
FOX Brooklyn Nine-Nine - R 0.4/1 1.08
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles - R 1.0/4 7.03
FOX New Girl - R 0.3/1 0.97
9:30 FOX The Mindy Project - R 0.4/1 1.01
10:00 CBS Person of Interest - R 0.8/3 5.81


via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:




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  • AbeCardinal

    Ouch, PoO!

  • a p garcia

    I was watching Classic TV shows last night as they aren’t afraid to mention Christmas and have actual Christmas themed programs. The Twilight Zone Christmas themed program was probably the best around.

  • AbeCardinal

    PoI. I hate touch screens.

  • s0303

    kind of weird that new girl repeated lower than all the other fox comedies…

  • mathew

    Lol new girl under a million viewers. Thats so low for a repeat! go brooklyn nine nine!

  • mathew

    When will mondays cable ratings come out. and sunday and saturday

  • Christian

    Ouch New Girl! I dont remember ever seeing a telecast on one of the big 4 garnering under a million viewers. Is this a first?

  • Meh.

    There’s no ouch involved. New Girl trounces all other Fox comedies in the demo, and pulls away even further once DVR and Hulu, etc. come into play. Truth is, everyone who wants to watch the show has already seen that episode several times already. Still the only show of the night that will 100% be back next year.

  • JR

    I had to check in to see if people were actually trying to act like Christmas Eve reruns remotely meant a thing. Guess they do.

  • Port Chuck

    A Christmas Story marathon will beat all the broadcast networks.

  • kb

    A Christmas Story is by far the greatest holiday movie of all time.

  • Brandy

    NCIS:LA isn’t so lead-in dependent after all! NCIS totes deserves to move to a new night if it airs a repeat that has a lower demo than its bebs.


  • romo

    Die Hard is the best christmas movie.


  • 728huey

    I wouldn’t read too much into the network ratings last night, as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day traditionally has the lowest viewership of the entire year. Most networks won’t even get 10 million viewers for the entire night unless there is an NBA Christmas game overrrun on ABC or a rare NFL Christmas night game on Sunday Night Football like there was a couple of years ago with the Bears/Packers.

    As for TV last night, I was celebrating the holiday with family and friends, so while the TV was on, I didn’t pay much attention to it. But I am willing to bet that a lot of people who were paying attention to TV were probably watching A Christmas Story.

  • Kate

    Wow I know it was Xmas Eve but ‘LA’ beat out the mothership in a repeat episode, is this an actual first?

  • jj


    you’re trying too hard to defend New Girl. It will be back because Fox doesn’t have much else to choose from. It’s ratings are still mediocre and the show is pure trash.

  • jj

    And Zoey’s older sister on bones is hotter.

  • peelit

    Zooey is sooooo much better looking than her sister. Zero conversation there. At least among heterosexual men and gay women. And New Girl will be back because the ratings are head and shoulders above all other comedies. The syndication thing is bonus. It also pulls in the best ad rates of scripted shows outside the Simpsons. But good job trolling on Christmas.

  • Scott

    Ouch for New Girl reruns. Most of major cable did better

  • Dano

    New Girl has always done strangely bad in reruns. Still, for Fox its about all they got as far as comedy. Think its Foxs only top 10 show in the 18-35 demo. But I suppose some folks will try to take this one night as proof that pile of crap Dads should be renewed, too. Fox has issues top to bottom.

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