TV Ratings: 'Rudolph' glows ('like a light bulb!') for CBS

CBS’s airing of the Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was Wednesday night’s most-watched program, reining in 11.7 million people who heard “Won’t you ride with me tonight” in their heads and thought, “Aiiiiight.” The night’s other Christmas offering, NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center, drew a solid 10.3 million viewers, and with the boost of reliable serial Law & Order (11.3 million viewers) and an extremely encouraging turnout for Life (8.1 million, up a whopping 40 percent from its last new episode), NBC ran neck-and-neck with CBS as the night’s most-watched network. CBS’ other one-time programming earned decent audiences: 7.1 million people watched the hour-long Grammy Nominations Concert, and 8.7 million opted to feel way fatter than they actually are while watching The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Fox’s two-hour series debut of Secret Millionaire averaged 7.4 million viewers, with 27 percent more tuned in to its last half hour than to its first. For ABC, Private Practice saw an 11 percent increase from last week, while Pushing Daisies (4.9 million) gained half a million viewers, and Dirty Sexy Money (5.7 million) performed slightly better than last week. (ABC canceled both Daisies and DSM two weeks ago.) Finally, The CW aired back-to-back eps of Stylista, and the new one (1.4 million viewers) only beat the rerun by 100k viewers. That’s almost as crazy as Anne Slowey’s laughably miserable attempts to walk around in heels!

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  • Anonymous

    can ABC take this increase in viewers of Pushing Daisies as agood thing and give it a second try?
    i HAD to give it a shot.

  • life!

    YAY im so happy people have wised up to Life it is such a great show…lets hope it finally gets higher ratings than Heroes crap!

  • CandyMaize

    I’m happy that viewers turned on LIFE instead of something else (although it sounds like the extra viewers might normally watch CRIMINAL MINDS at that time).
    Hopefully, when CM is back with a new episode, the LIFE ratings will have gained some viewers (compared to last week, not necessarily this week – since I expect that certainly longtime CM viewers will be returning to their show). I just want improvement darnit!!! :-) And hey, if it helps DVR #s somehow, well that’s good too (not as good as reg broadcast viewing when considering advertisers, but still …. )

  • Clayton

    Great episode of Pushing Daisies last night. So exciting and funny. I wonder why ABC would cancel it instead of just moving it to another night, maybe Friday? Its loyal fans would follow, and a show that netted multiple Emmys deserves to stay on the air, especially when it’s so funny, romantic, beautiful, and original. If you don’t watch Pushing Daisies, START. The best show I’ve ever seen.

  • BLT

    i was very happy to read Life did better last night. I’ve been trying to spread the word, it is such a great show!

  • Harry

    NBC just needs a decent enough performer at 8pm to give the rest of the line-up a boost. Hopefully something compatible will be sloted there once the awful KR is done for good in February.

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