By James Hibberd
Updated November 28, 2012 at 04:31 PM EST
Advertisement
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

Oh you’re a popular one, Mr. Grinch!

The annual telecast of How the Grinch Stole Christmas on ABC delivered a strong rating Tuesday night, surpassing original episodes of several broadcast comedies in the adult demo — including NBC’s New Normal and all of Fox’s lineup (yup, Grinch outperformed New Girl too, but that was by a very close margin in the demo).

Grinch stole 8.4 million viewers and a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 at 8 p.m. and was followed by a repeat of Shrek the Halls (8.4 million, 2.5). Both were down a tick from last year. Creating new holiday animated specials that can stand alongside the veteran classics year after year is tough. But 2007’s Sherk the Halls seems to have settled into a successful annual groove.

Why is ABC airing Christmas specials nearly a full month before the holiday? Probably because of what the network aired afterward. Dancing with the Stars had its All Stars finale, pulling 16.6 million viewers and a 3.0 in the demo. Having a strong lead-in from the holiday specials probably helped boost the numbers for the aging reality franchise. Dancing hit a season high, though was down 27 percent from last fall. (ABC partnered the specials with the Dancing finale last year too).

Also last night, many shows posted ratings gains compared to last week (which, of course, included the Thanksgiving holiday, so levels were lower then). NBC’s The Voice perked up 12 percent, which helped its whole lineup. Go On — the only original sitcom to not get topped by The Grinch — rose 19 percent. New Normal was up 13 percent and Parenthood rose 6 percent. CBS’ NCIS was up 17 percent from last week, though NCIS: LA was down 4 percent and Vegas was down 11 percent. Fox’s Raising Hope was up 13 percent, Ben & Kate was up 27 percent, and New Girl and Mindy climbed 15 percent each.

FULL CHART:

ADULT DEMO RANK

ADULTS 18-49 RATING

TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)

FOX

8:00P

RAISING

#10t

1.7

3,884

8:30P

BEN & KATE

#14

1.4

2,923

9:00P

NEW GIRL

#8

2.3

4,179

9:30P

MINDY

#13

1.5

2,799

ABC

8:00P

GRINCH

RS

#7

2.4

8,378

8:30P

SHREK HALL

RS

#5t

2.5

8,444

9-11P

DANCING

#3

3.0

16,575

CBS

8-9P

NCIS

#2

3.5

19,570

9-10P

NCIS:LA

#4

2.9

14,257

10-11P

VEGAS

#12

1.6

9,418

NBC

8-9P

VOICE

#1

3.8

11,389

9:00P

GO ON

#5t

2.5

6,334

9:30P

NEW NORMAL

#10t

1.7

4,070

10-11P

PARENTHOOD

#9

1.8

4,432

CW

8-9P

HART-DIXIE

#15

0.5

1,340

9-10P

EMILY OWENS

#16

0.3

1,035

Comments