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Ratings Review: 2014 Holiday Specials

It is time for the annual ratings review on all the holiday specials the five broadcast networks ran between Thanksgiving and Christmas. There were over fifty programs this year, with most of the great classics, with a few new comers, are at or near the top of the chart. Most specials did have multiple airings, but rarely did the encore do as well as the initial broadcast.

RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER was easily the #1 special, as the only one to command over 10 million viewers. it was also the most popular special among the A18-49 crowd, grabbing a 2.8 rating. the new PETER PAN LIVE! did place third on the chart, but was a major disappointment, when compared to 2013's SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE!, which was a major ratings hit.

ABC did very well with the Christmas day airing of the animated special HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. It ranked 10th, for the season, and collected just under six million viewers. The movie, which followed that night, drew five million viewers, ranking 15th.

Day Time Net Program Viewers* A18-49
12/09/14 8:00 CBS Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 10.64 2.8
12/03/14 8:00 NBC Christmas in Rockefeller Center 9.52 1.9
12/04/14 8:00 NBC Peter Pan Live! 9.21 2.4
12/07/14 8:00 CBS I Love Lucy Christmas 9.06 1.3
12/01/14 8:00 ABC CMA Country Christmas 8.90 1.6
12/17/14 8:00 NBC Michael Buble's Christmas in NY 7.53 1.3
12/02/14 8:00 ABC Toy Story that Time Forgot 6.79 1.9
12/02/14 8:30 ABC Charlie Brown Christmas 6.75 2.1
12/16/14 8:00 ABC Charlie Brown Christmas 6.29 1.8
12/25/14 8:00 ABC How Grinch/Stole Christmas 5.96 1.9
12/21/14 7:00 ABC The Sound of Music Sing-Along 5.60 1.2
12/13/14 9:00 CBS Frosty The Snow Man 5.40 1.4
12/23/14 8:00 ABC Shrek the Halls 5.30 1.2
12/13/14 8:00 CBS Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer [R] 5.10 1.3
12/25/14 8:30 ABC Movie: Grinch/Stole Christmas 5.03 1.8
12/24/14 8:00 NBC It's A Wonderful Life [R] 5.03 1.2
12/16/14 8:00 NBC Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas 4.82 1.3
12/05/14 9:00 CBS A Very Grammy Christmas 4.73 0.8
12/23/14 8:30 ABC Toy Story that Time Forgot [R] 4.70 1.2
11/28/14 9:00 CBS Frost the Snowman 4.64 1.1
12/22/14 8:00 NBC SNL Christmas [R] 4.55 1.4
12/16/14 9:00 ABC Prep & Landing 4.18 1.3
12/09/14 8:00 ABC Santa Claus is Coming to Town 4.14 1.1
12/11/14 10:00 NBC Blake Shelton/Christmas 3.95 0.8
12/06/14 8:00 NBC Movie: It's A Wonderful Life 3.90 0.7
12/23/14 10:00 NBC Kelly Clarkson/Christmas Tale [R] 3.61 0.7
11/28/14 9:30 CBS Yes, Virginia 3.60 0.7
12/24/14 8:00 CBS I Love Lucy Christmas [R] 3.58 0.7
12/05/14 8:00 NBC How Murray Saved Christmas 3.57 0.9
12/23/14 9:00 NBC Michael Buble's Christmas in NY [R] 3.57 0.8
12/20/14 9:00 ABC CMA Country Christmas [R] 3.11 0.6
12/19/14 9:00 CBS Home for the Holidays 3.11 0.5
11/29/14 8:00 CBS Flight Before Christmas 3.08 0.7
11/29/14 9:00 CBS Story of Santa Clause 3.04 0.7
12/20/14 8:00 ABC I Want a Dog for Christmas 2.90 0.6
12/25/14 10:00 NBC Christmas/Rockefeller Center [R] 1.98 0.4
12/18/14 8:00 CW iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 1.84 0.6
12/17/14 8:00 CW Greatest Holiday Commercials [R] 1.82 0.5
11/28/14 8:00 CW Grandma/Reindeer 1.78 0.4
11/30/14 7:00 FOX Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas 1.76 0.6
12/20/14 8:00 NBC The Sound of Music Live! [R] 1.70 0.3
12/22/14 8:00 CW iHeart Radio Jingle Ball [R] 1.49 0.5
12/01/14 8:00 CW Grandma/Reindeer [R] 1.40 0.4
12/25/14 8:00 NBC How Murray saved Christmas [R] 1.36 0.3
12/19/14 8:00 CW Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol 1.28 0.3
11/28/14 9:30 CW Merry Madagascar 1.27 0.3
11/28/14 9:00 CW Kung Fu Panda Holiday 1.20 0.3
12/25/14 9:00 NBC Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas [R] 1.13 0.3
12/01/14 9:00 CW Greatest Holiday Commercials 1.12 0.4
12/25/14 8:00 CW Movie: 12 Dogs of Christmas 0.90 0.2
12/19/14 9:30 CW Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special 0.81 0.2
12/24/14 8:00 CW Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol [R] 0.78 0.2
12/24/14 9:30 CW Merry Madagascar [R] 0.74 0.2
* - In Millions

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