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Here’s a heart-warming holiday story for you: A 46-year-old stop-motion animated special just beat nearly everything on broadcast Tuesday night.
CBS’ annual telecast of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (11.3 million viewers, 3.8 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) topped all of primetime except Fox’s Glee and was steady with last year’s performance.
The shiny-nosed sleigh leader also showed The Grinch who’s boss, with ABC’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (6.9 million, 2.1) and Shrek the Halls (7.4 million, 2.4) down 25% and 17%, respectively, in the Nielsens compared to last year.
Rudolph led CBS to edge out Fox for the overall nightly win, along with an NCIS repeat followed by the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (9 million, 3.4). The special rose 17% to win 10 p.m.
Following Glee (11.6 million, 4.5) , which was up 13% this week, Fox had Raising Hope (6.9 million, 2.7) and Running Wilde (3.4 million, 1.4), both up 8% from their last originals.
NBC had its modestly on par Christmas in Rockefeller Center special (11.3 million, 1.9) and then The Biggest Loser (8.3 million, 2.9), which rose 26%.
After its holiday specials, ABC aired No Ordinary Family (6.2 million, 1.9) at 9 p.m. for the first time but the superhero family dramedy only rose a tenth from its last episode. At 10 p.m., Detroit 1-8-7 (7.3 million, 1.6) hit a series low.
The CW had One Tree Hill (1.8 million, 0.9) and Life Unexpected (1.5 million, 0.8).
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