Ratings: ‘The Grinch’ Leads All-Rerun Wednesday

NBC, CBS tie for top spot on broadcast

On the eve of Christmas Eve, the broadcast networks had no original programming to stuff in viewers’ stockings.

NBC’s rebroadcast of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 8 p.m. was the top-rated telecast of the night on an evening of comprised entirely of reruns. The classic Dr. Seuss animated special drew a 1.2 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen overnight numbers.

NBC and CBS tied for the top spot in the demo, each averaging a 0.9 rating and 4 share. CBS led in total viewers, 5.8 million to 4.3 million.

ABC was the night’s No. 3 broadcaster, averaging a 0.8 / 3 and 3.3 million total viewers. Fox was fourth with a 0.4 / 2 and 1.8 million.

The CW drew a 0.3 / 1 and 1 million total.