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

'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, based on the 1957 book of the same name by Dr. Seuss, stars Jim Carrey as the "mean one, Mr. Grinch." Directed by Ron Howard, the film was a holiday hit, holding the No. 1 spot at the box office for four weeks. It also nabbed three Academy Award nominations.

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.