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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  • jj


    You speak for men now? Zoey is annoying. No man likes that. Her sister is a milf.

  • peelit

    Bones has a man face and has a figure like my mom. The fact that she basically plays an autustic person (poorly) and you dig that says were speaking a different language.

  • jj

    I’m not saying Zoey isn’t cute. She is. Just annoying. Kinda childish. Not into that.

  • jj

    I’m in my 20s and I got a thing for older women. Maturity is sexy.

  • John A

    Dads got a 1.0 for a repeat recently. Obviously just a fluke. Weird that New Girl repeats that badly. You would expect it to beat the other repeats on Fox by getting at least a 0.6.

  • Raffie

    Go back and check the summer reruns, New Girl always does poorly in reruns. Not that anything else did well, but it is surprising. Guess it skews younger, maybe kids in its audience have no time for reruns.

  • Dr. L

    New Girl under a million! ha! the show sucks. I’m also amazed of how well Dads does. Mindy Project did better than NG, bc it’s clearly a superior show.

  • Dr. L

    FOX is @ CW levels.

  • Petey

    Mindy is such a pile. So terribly unfunny. Not remotely witty either, which is disappointing since Mindy Kaling can do so much better. When the new episodes air, Mindy will flush to the bottom of Foxs ratings like always.

  • JR

    Wait, do people think any of this means anything? Now THAT is funny.

  • JJF

    @JR: I am thinking that they do. Why else would they make comments. “Ouch”? lol I suppose people think encores of TV shows will perform well on Christmas Eve? lol Trying to see people use any of these numbers are evidence for anything is a fine mixture of funny and sad.

  • steven

    You’re a high one, Mr. Grinch.

  • ToXiX

    It is rather odd that New Girl was the lowest show on Fox.
    New Girl will definitely be renewed as will Brooklyn Nine Nine.
    Say bye bye to Mindy.

  • Networkman

    Nice seeing a NCIS:LA repeat actually increase out of NCIS repeat. I feel that next season would be the right time to move NCIS:LA. It must be used to help another night.

  • Jon

    @ brandy….
    Really? You are really going there with the lead in lead out garbage on a Christmas eve. A night where everything is being in refund and nobody is watching tv

  • Jon

    Rerun Lol not refund

  • merrrranga

    that picture made me think for a second that Carrey’s Grinch did well in the ratings. ridiculous, right?

  • Jon

    @jj I agree with you Emily is hotter than zooey athough I think zooey is a better actress.

  • Annie

    New Girl appeals to a very young crowd, so it’s not a surprise that that group is not sitting at home watching reruns on Christmas eve.

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