TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Modern Family' & 'The Middle' Repeats Win Christmas Night

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December 26th, 2013

I Love Lucy Christmas Special

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.6/2 0.4/1 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 0.7/2 0.6/2 0.5/2 0.3/1 0.3/1 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 2.701 2.144 3.005 4.569 1.432 0.903

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


Overnight ratings for Wednesday, December 25, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC The Middle - R 1.3/4 3.84
NBC Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Tale - R 0.7/2 3.54
CBS I Love Lucy Christmas Special - R 0.6/2 3.62
FOX Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas - R 0.5/2 1.97
CW Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special - R 0.3/1 0.99
8:30 ABC Trophy Wife - R 0.9/3 2.62
FOX Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury - R 0.4/1 1.56
CW Merry Madagascar - R 0.3/1 1.08
9:00 ABC Modern Family - R 1.3/4 3.84
CBS Hawaii Five-0 - R 0.7/2 4.68
NBC Michael Buble's Third Annual Christmas Special - R 0.7/2 3.36
FOX Raising Hope - R 0.2/1 1.04
CW One Direction iHeartRadio Album Release Party - R 0.2/1 0.77
9:30 ABC Super Fun Night - R 0.8/2 2.37
FOX Raising Hope - R 0.4/1 1.15
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.6/2 5.41
NBC Hollywood Game Night - R 0.6/2 2.11
ABC Nashville - R 0.5/2 1.78

-via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.8/5 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.5/2 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.0/3 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/2 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/2 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • Walker

    @Joseph A

    What’s sad is that the Trophy Wife repeat’s rating isn’t far off from what its originals do.

  • Matt M.

    ABC repeated rather well last night on Christmas. Hope this shows that Trophy Wife belongs on Wednesdays. Bye-Bye Super Fun Night.

  • Ravenrei

    @omabin – I don’t know about tonight’s scheduling, but Raising Hope was obviously because they aired back to back Christmas episodes. I’d guess they were hoping holiday-themed programming would be more appealing than other stuff. Ah well.

  • HalCapone

    Trophy Wife’s Christmas episode was one of the better Christmas themed episodes on television of the past few years. Great ensemble television comedy that nobody is watching.

  • John A

    Lol 0.2 for Raising Hope at 9pm. Thats CW levels.

  • Joseph

    And Univision came to within one-tenth of a ratings point of topping both the 18-49 and 18-34 demographics among broadcast networks.

    ESPN’s NBA Christmasthon probably won the night in key demographics and probably in overall viewers as well.

    Maybe next year, ABC’s broadcast network will get the 5:30 and 8:15 P.M. (EST) games. They might dominate prime-time with the 8:15 game.

  • Fred

    Amazing for the Middle!
    The little show that could tied Modern!

  • ToXiX

    H50 and Blue Bloods on a Wednesday? Why?

  • Ram510

    The Goldbergs did much better in a repeat after The Middle. I think ABC should should give an original episode a try after The Middle

  • Ram510

    @ Joseph

    I’m not sure if ABC is able to air football because ESPN has Monday Night Football. I think I read something about that a while back, i could be wrong though

  • Jon

    Trophy wife should come back in the new year with a new name. I hear all the time from people thinking its a reality show with that kind of a name attached to it. Its a horrible name just like cougar town.

  • forg

    Good repeat for The Middle, down just a tenth from last week’s rerun

  • Z

    No more Buble specials, for a while.

  • 728huey


    There’s no chance of ABC airing an NBA Christmas Day game in prime time next year. Christmas falls on a Thursday next year, and the NBA TV contracts give TNT the right to air NBA games exclusively in prime time. However, ESPN will probably be allowed to air the mid-day game while the mid-afternoon and late afternoon/early evening games will air on ABC. But TNT will air the prime time Christmas night games.

  • JeffT

    It’s Christmas night. No one cares about TV on Christmas night. Out set was never turned on the entire day.

  • Pete5125

    Also they could of burned through 2 more episodes of Back in The Game the best rated of the 4 new sitcoms ABC made this season yet the 1st on the chopping block

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    H50 and Blue Bloods on a Wednesday? Why?

    Wednesday (Xmas) sure felt like a Sunday to me, but not sure why CBS chose their Friday dramas for this night.

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