NBA overrun and Grinch help ABC handily win low-rated night
ABC easily won a low-rated Christmas night thanks to NBA overrun and some help from the Grinch.
ABC scored a 2.0 rating/6 share to win the key 18-49 demographic, and had 5.4 million total viewers to come in second behind CBS. Ratings for all the networks were low, as they typically are on Christmas night.
Due to the nature of live sports, ABC's ratings for Tuesday night are approximate. But from 8 to 9 p.m., it had a 2.6/8 and 7.4 million total viewers for NBA overrun and the animated version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." From 9 to 11, the animated Grinch special joined the live-action movie based on the Dr. Seuss classic for a 1.7/5. The network had 4.7 total million viewers from 9 to 9:30 and 4.4 million from 9:30 to 11.
CBS, airing reruns of "NCIS," "NCIS: LA" and Vegas, was second in the ratings with a 1.3/4 and first in total viewers with 8.1 million.
Univision was third in ratings and total viewers with 1.4/4 and 3.5 million.
NBC, which aired repeats of Dr. Seuss' "Horton Hears A Who" and Blake Shelton’s "Not So Family Christmas," was fourth in ratings and total viewers with a .9/3 and 2.9 million total viewers.
Fox, which aired four repeats of "The New Girl. was fifh in ratings and total viewers with a .6/2 and 1.6 million.