In the latest TV ratings, NBC’s broadcast of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! tied SmackDown for the nightly demo win and matched Blue Bloods for Friday’s largest audience — and it did so all without packages, boxes or bows.
The Grinch drew 3.2 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, per TVSeriesFinale.com, leading into 5 More Sleeps ‘Til Christmas (2.2 mil/0.3), Trolls Holiday in Harmony (1.7 mil/0.3) and SNL‘s annual Christmas special (1.9 mil/0.4).
Fox’s Friday Night SmackDown (2 mil/0.5) was steady week-to-week.
Over on CBS, Frosty the Snowman did 2.4 mil/0.4, followed by Frosty Returns‘ 2 mil/0.4. Leading out of a Magnum rerun (2.6 mil/0.3), a Blue Bloods repeat copped 3.2 mil/0.3.
ABC’s broadcast of Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town did 2 mil/0.3, followed by 20/20‘s 2.4 mil/0.3.
The CW’s Masters of Illusion holiday special drew 740K/0.1, leading into Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer‘s 560K/0.1.
For those in an animated Christmas special fantasy league, a reminder that Rudolph did 3.8 mil and a 0.6 on Monday. Good luck!
The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. Warning: Heart may grow three sizes.