TV Ratings: 'Chuck' Grows for NBC on Quiet Friday

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With the Christmas just two weeks away, programming on the broadcast networks are reflecting the holiday lull.

Running Christmas programming and a Blue Bloods repeat, CBS still managed to top the night among the 18-49 demographic averaging a 1.4 rating, steady from last week when it aired originals. But NBC took advantage, bringing back Chuck and Grimm to boost its demo average to tie for first.

It's been several weeks since NBC aired its regular Friday schedule, but last night's ratings performance proved that viewers would follow -- at least where Chuck was concerned. The Zachary Levi-directed episode of Chuck drew 3.7 million total viewers at 8 p.m., that's 500,000 more viewers than its last original in November. Among adults 18-49, the series improved slightly to a 1.0 rating.

Following a trial run on Thursday night at 10 p.m. (in place of Prime Suspect), Grimm (5.4 million, 1.6) continued its steady run in its usual time slot following Chuck at 9 p.m. posting similar numbers to its last original.

ABC placed third with an average rating of 1.3. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (5.1 million, 1.3) grew just a tad and 20/20 (4.7 million, 1.3) was flat.

Fox and the CW aired reruns.

8 p.m.
CBS: Frosty the Snowman (R) (7.3 million viewers, 1.9 rating in adults 18-49)
ABC: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (5.1 million, 1.3)
Fox: Kitchen Nightmares (R) (2.8 million, 1.0)
NBC: Chuck (3.7 million, 1.0)
The CW: Nikita (R) (1.3 million, 0.3)

8:30 p.m.
CBS: Frosty Returns (R) (6.5 million, 1.7)

9 p.m.
NBC: Grimm (5.4 million, 1.6)
CBS: Yes, Virginia (R) (5.5 million, 1.4)
Fox: Fringe (R) (1.6 million, 0.4)
The CW: Supernatural (R) (987,000, 0.4)

9:30 p.m.
CBS: The Elf on the Shelf (R) (5.4 million, 1.4)

10 p.m.
NBC: Dateline (5.7 million, 1.6)
ABC: 20/20 (4.7 million, 1.3)
CBS: Blue Bloods (R) (6.9 million, 1.1)