Colorized ‘I Love Lucy’ Recaptures Primetime TV's Top Spot 56 Years After Original Run

Colorized 'I Love Lucy' Recaptures Primetime TV's Top Spot 56 Years After Original Run


CBS's holiday special nabs nearly 8.7 million viewers on Friday night

CBS's airing of two colorized episodes during its “I Love Lucy Christmas Special” on Friday captured viewers both on-screen and via social media 56 years after the series wrapped its original run on the broadcast network.

After its highly rated series finale in 1957, “I Love Lucy” once again captured the No. 1 spot on Friday's primetime.

At 8 p.m., the special scored a 1.4 rating/5 share with the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 8.65 million total viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers.

Also read: CBS to Air ‘I Love Lucy Christmas Special’ in Color

It beat other holiday programming on Friday night, such as NBC's airing of “It's a Wonderful Life” and Fox's “Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown.”

CBS's two colorized episodes of “Lucy,” starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, were comprised of the 1950s series’ “Christmas Episode” and “Lucy's Italian Movie” AKA the famous grape stomping episode. CBS said they “were colorized with a vintage look, a nod to the 1950s period in which the shows were filmed.”

“I Love Lucy” was the most-watched show in the United States for four out of its six seasons. It was also the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings.

Also read: ABC to Air Julie Andrews’ Classic ‘Sound of Music’

“I Love Lucy” is currently syndicated in the U.S. and in numerous languages across the world.

Viewers took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the modernized “Lucy” special:

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  • Ghost of Hud

    Would have had more viewers, but it was high school basketball night.