TV Ratings: ABC Wins Sleepy Christmas Repeat Race

Encores of "The Middle" and "Modern Family" edge out Christmas specials and other modest broadcast efforts.
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"The Middle"

As expected, Wednesday's ratings race was not a particularly exciting one. With plenty of television sets tuned off, or otherwise occupied, for the Christmas holiday -- none of the broadcast networks programmed anything original.

ABC had the edge with adults 18-49, averaging a 0.8 rating in the demo thanks to the night's top performers: repeats of Modern Family and The Middle. Among total viewers, ABC took 2.7 million.

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Kelly Clarkson and Michael Buble saw repeat airings of their respective Christmas specials on NBC, giving the network a 0.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 3 million viewers for the night.

Another outing for the I Love Lucy Christmas special and drama repeats brought a viewership win for CBS with 4.6 million. The network averaged a 0.6 rating with adults 18-49.

On Fox, repeat Christmas specials Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas and DreamWorks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury led into encores of Raising Hope. The network took a 0.4 adults rating and 1.4 million viewers.

Yet more Christmas specials fetched a 0.3 rating with adults 18-49 and 903,000 viewers on The CW.