TV Ratings: Dr. Seuss' 'Grinch' Drives ABC's Christmas Win

Encores, basketball overrun and more holiday specials fill the broadcast networks on Tuesday night.

Scoring the night's strongest average among adults 18-49 (2.0 rating), ABC aired Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1.7) after a strong lead-in from NBA overrun (2.6). The network placed second among total viewers with 5.4 million for the night.

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CBS aired encores of its regular Tuesday lineup -- NCIS, NCIS: LA, Vegas -- for a second-place showing in the demo (1.3 adults) and a dominant haul with total viewers (8.1 million).

Airing a less seasonal Seuss, NBC had Horton Hears a Who (1.1 adults) before another encore of Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas (0.7 adults). The network pulled a 0.9 rating in the demo and 2.9 million viewers.

A block of New Girl encores fetched Fox a 0.6 adults rating and 1.6 million viewers.

On The CW, a new Emily Owens M.D. (0.1 adults) followed a Hart of Dixie repeat for an average 0.2 demo rating for the night and 689,000 viewers.

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