A dance-less ABC and repeat-filled CBS helped FOX take easy wins in both the viewers and the demos last night.
- House (13.3 million, 4.8/12 in 18-49) had the best numbers of the evening.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2.9/8) got 9.6 million feeling festive; Shrek the Halls (10 million, 3.2/8) did slightly better than its lead-in.
- How I Met Your Mother* (2.1/5) registered 6.3 million.
- Heroes (5.9 million, 2.5/6) raised 800,000.
- Accidentally on Purpose* (1.7/4) turned in 5.4 million.
- One Tree Hill (1.1/3) scored 2.4 million.
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Here are some of the TV on DVD options available this Tuesday.
- Ally McBeal (Season 1, Complete Series)
- Blood Ties (Season 2)
- Bones (Season 4)
- A Charlie Brown Christmas **Blu-ray**
- The F Word (Series 3)
- Get Smart (Season 4)
- The Hills (Season 5, Part 1)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas **Blu-ray**
- Ken Burns: The National Parks - America’s Best Idea
- Lark Rise to Candleford (Season 1)
- Man v. Food (Season 1)
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season 5)
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Even a little holiday cheer couldn’t stop CBS from taking another Friday night. Despite festive programming from its competitors, the Eye network was once again a winner in both categories.
- Ghost Whisperer (9.7 million, 2.4/8 in 18-49) had the night’s best demos.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2.1/7) averaged 6.2 million.
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (1.4/4) saw 5.5 million tune in.
- NBC‘s Greatest Holiday Moments special (1.0/3) entertained 4.4 million.
- CW‘s airing of Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (0.6/2) attracted 1.9 million.
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Life post-Dancing with the Stars is always hard for ABC. Despite the Alphabet network’s holiday specials and programming originals, the network was beat by a slate of repeats on CBS.
- Approximately 11.2 million welcomed back Shrek the Halls* (3.3/9 in 18-49); How the Grinch Stole Christmas (11.7 million, 3.8/9) did slightly better.
- The Big Bang Theory* (2.5/7) and How I Met Your Mother* (2.8/7) both attracted 8 million.
- Chuck (7.3 million, 2.5/6) picked up 700,000 more.
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (5.8 million, 2.2/6) was up 26% thanks to the weakened competition.
- Gossip Girl (3.1 million, 1.5/4) added on 200,000.
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- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABC, 8pm): Am I the only one who still gets creeped out when I see the Grinch? He’s not exactly kid-friendly.
- It’s A Wonderful Life (NBC, 8pm): You officially have one last chance to be grateful before Christmas officially begins.
- Cheaper by the Dozen (FOX, 8pm): In case you need a reminder why having more kids during the holidays might not be a good thing.
- Madagascar (ABC, 9pm): If you don’t want to get your child a pet, force them to watch this movie and convince them that animals were meant to be free.
ABC’s ratings last night had others green with envy. Although the network was narrowly bested in the viewers, it dominated in the demos.
- Approx. 21.1 million gathered for the Shrek the Halls (7.2/20 in 18-49 demo) holiday special.
- The animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas (18.7 million, 6.8/17) kept most of its lead-in.
- A Christmas in Rockefeller Center (2.0/5) dazzled 9 million.
- Kid Nation (2.1/6) pulled in 7.3 million for CBS.
- A full hour of ‘Til Death (2.3/6) averaged 6 million.
- About 5.03 million saw Heather kicked off on America’s Next Top Model (2.4/7).
- Criminal Minds (16.3 million, 4.5/11) rose 440,000 thou to win the hour.
- Pushing Daisies (10.2 million, 3.8/9) had animated lead-ins to thank for its 2.6 million boost.
- Kitchen Nightmares (3.3/8) reached an impressive 7 million.
- Bionic Woman (6 million, 2.2/5) plummeted 300,000.
- Gossip Girl (1.4/3) rounded off the hour with 3 million.
- Although down 330,000, CSI: NY (4.1/11 in 18-49 demo) was still the hour’s top draw.
- Dirty Sexy Money (7.1 million, 2.6/7) saw a 630,000 increase.
- Life (2.2/6) felt lifeless at 6.3 million.
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Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la! Not only will Shrek the Third be coming to DVD soon (November 13), but ABC will be airing a Christmas special with the loveable green guy and his band of kooky friends. I don’t know how well it will hold up to classic fan favorites like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman or A Charlie Brown Christmas, but I’m all for a new Christmas special that isn’t another sequel to Frosty. Shrek the Halls will air on November 28th at 8:00 p.m. and will no doubt thrill kids with the animation and voice talents of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas. The ogre’s humbug ways are challenged by his family and friends (even the Gingerbread Man of “Not my gumdrop buttons!” infamy is on hand) and you can bet the gang will make the holidays truly special. Because that’s how all Christmas specials end, right? Now I’d like to see Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas return to television—you can keep your Frosty Returns and Frosty’s Winter Wonderland—bring on the jug band!
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