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TV Ratings: Dr. Seuss’ ‘Grinch’ Drives ABC’s Christmas Win

Encores, basketball overrun and more holiday specials fill the broadcast networks on Tuesday night.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Scoring the night’s strongest average among adults 18-49 (2.0 rating), ABC aired Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1.7) after a strong lead-in from NBA overrun (2.6). The network placed second among total viewers with 5.4 million for the night.

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CBS aired encores of its regular Tuesday lineup — NCIS, NCIS: LA, Vegas — for a second-place showing in the demo (1.3 adults) and a dominant haul with total viewers (8.1 million).

Airing a less seasonal Seuss, NBC had Horton Hears a Who (1.1 adults) before another encore of Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas (0.7 adults). The network pulled a 0.9 rating in the demo and 2.9 million viewers.

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