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Friday TV Ratings: Grinch Wins 8pm Holiday Special Smackdown





Time
Show
18-49 Rating
Total Viewers (In Millions)
8:00pm
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (NBC)
1.2
5.17
Frosty the Snowman (CBS)
0.9
4.21

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (ABC)
0.8
3.35

Lethal Weapon (R) (FOX)
0.6
2.85

Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer (CW)
0.3
1.07




8:30pm
Frosty Returns (CBS)
0.8
3.63

How Murray Saved Christmas (NBC)
0.8
3.27




9:00pm
Dateline NBC (R) (NBC)
0.9
4.18

Shark Tank (R) (ABC)
0.7
3.29

MacGyver (R) (CBS)
0.6
4.09

Lucifer (R) (FOX)
0.4
1.70

Penn and Teller: Fool Us (R) (CW)
0.3
1.26




10:00pm
Blue Bloods (R) (CBS)
0.7
5.84

20/20 (ABC) 
0.6
3.16

Key:
(R) = Repeat

The networks pounded it out at 8, cannibalizing each other by each offering up different holiday specials. NBC came out of the rubble victorious with Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1.2) easily dominating the night, and while it was below what it has done in the past on weekdays, it's still an incredible result for a Friday and double what a typical Caught on Camera would do in the slot. Following Grinch, How Murray Saved Christmas (0.8) couldn't stir up much of an audience and lost a good bit of it's Grinch lead-in, but a repeat of Dateline NBC (0.9) picked up the slack and topped it's hour.

CBS came in second with Frosty the Snowman (0.9) and Frosty Returns (0.8), both results are well below what the network usually does on the night but it's still an okay result for 2 old cartoons. Repeats of MacGyver (0.6) and Blue Bloods (0.7) had solid outings

ABC had Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (0.8) which fell well below a typical Last Man Standing followed by a repeat of Shark Tank (0.7) and the only original of the night, 20/20 (0.6) which was down a tenth from it's last Friday result and miserably lost to a Blue Bloods repeat head on.

FOX stayed out of the holiday special business with repeats of Lethal Weapon (0.6), which tied the last episode of The Exorcist, and Lucifer (0.4).  

The CW had Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer (0.3) and a repeat of Penn and Teller: Fool Us (0.3), the latter of which did markedly better then an average Crazy-Ex Girlfriend.