TV ratings: ABC wins the night, CBS holds on with holiday programming

reba-mcentire-malaibu-country-abc.jpgFast National ratings for Friday, Nov. 23, 2012

Black Friday primetime was an evening of reruns and holiday specials, barring ABC, which aired original episodes of "Last Man Standing" and "Malibu Country." Both shows fared evenly compared to last week's numbers.

CBS won the war of holiday programming, bringing in 6.9 million viewers for "Frosty the Snowman" and 5.8 million for "Frosty Returns."

The CW's "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" and "The Happy Elf" did not fare as well, garnering 1.7 million viewers during the 8:00 p.m. hour.

ABC led the night with 5.8 million viewers and a 3.7 rating/6 share in households. NBC (4.8 million, 3.1/5) came in second, just besting CBS' 4.4 million viewers and 2.3/4. FOX (2.0 million, 1.1/2) finished fourth of the night, and The CW (1.6 million, 0.8/1) trailed.

The adults 18-49 winner was ABC, which scored a 1.4 rating in the demographic. CBS took second with a 1.1. NBC came in third with a 1.0, followed by FOX's 0.7, and The CW's 0.5.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: "Frosty the Snowman" (6.9 million viewers, 3.4/6 households)/"Frosty Returns" (5.8 million, 2.9/5)
ABC: "Last Man Standing" (6.7 million, 4.2/7)/"Malibu Country" (6.4 million, 4.0/7)
NBC: "National Dog Show" (4.7 million, 3.0/5)
FOX: "Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown" (1.8 million, 1.0/2)
The CW: "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (1.7, 0.9/2)

18-49 leader: "Frosty the Snowman" (2.0)

9 p.m.

ABC: "Shark Tank" rerun (5.1 million, 3.2/6)
NBC:
"National Dog Show" (5.0 million, 3.0/5)
CBS: "Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas" (4.0 million, 2.0/3)/"It's a SpongeBob Christmas" (3.6 million, 1.9/3)
FOX: "The Simpsons" rerun (2.3 million, 1.3/2)/"The Simpsons" rerun (2.2 million, 1.2/2)
The CW: "The Happy Elf" (1.5 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "Shark Tank" (1.2)

10 p.m.

ABC: "20/20" (5.8 million, 3.8/7)
NBC:
"Dateline: NBC" (4.7 million, 3.2/6)
CBS: "Person to Person" (3.0 million, 2.0/4)

18-49 leader: "20/20" (1.5)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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