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Charlie Brown repeat beats 'Bones,' 'Sleepy Hollow' crossover

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Ichabod Crane and Seeley Booth meeting for the first time was no match for Charlie Brown and Linus meeting in a pumpkin patch for about the 50th time.

ABC’s annual repeat of the 1966 animated special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown trounced Fox’s crossover between Bones and Sleepy Hollow in the ratings. 

Charlie Brown delivered 6.6 million viewers and a 1.7 rating among adults 18–49 to win the 8 p.m. hour against all other entertainment shows. Fox’s two-hour Bones/Sleepy block averaged 5.5 million and a 1.2 rating. 

Still, Bones was up 8 percent from last week and Sleepy Hollow was up 38 percent from last week, so clearly the creatively unexpected stunt had some value for the network. 

Also on Thursday night: ABC’s Scandal (2.3) was down 8 percent to a season low, How to Get Away With Murder (1.8) was down 14 percent to a series low; NBC’s Heroes: Reborn (1.0) was down 9 percent, Blacklist (1.5) was up a tenth, The Player (0.7) fell 13 percent; The CW’s Vampire Diaries (0.5) and The Originals (0.4) were unchanged. CBS aired NFL coverage.