TV ratings: CBS reruns dominate, ABC's double-'Grinch' wins demo

big-bang-theory-cast.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010

Reruns worked well for CBS on Thursday night, easily beating ABC's back-to-back offerings of
"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (the cartoon and the live action versions) and the night's only new outing, FOX's "Million Dollar Money Drop."

CBS averaged 8.0 million viewers and a 4.9 rating/9 share. "The Grinch" did well for ABC, landing the network in second with 6.5 million viewers and a 3.4/6. FOX (4.9 million, 2.9/5) came in third, with NBC (2.5 million, 1.7/3) in fourth and the CW (1.2 million and a 0.8/1) in fifth.

ABC won the night among adults 18-49, finishing the 2.0. CBS and FOX tied for second at 1.5, with NBC at 0.9 and the CW with a 0.4.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"The Big Bang Theory" rerun (8.4 million viewers, 4.9/9)/"$#*! My Dad Says" rerun (6.9 million, 4.1/7)
ABC: "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (6.2 million, 3.4/6)
FOX: "Million Dollar Money Drop" (4.5 million, 2.8/5)
NBC: "Community" rerun (2.4 million, 1.6/3)/"30 Rock" rerun (2.6 million, 1.8/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (1.09 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (1.8)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI" rerun (7.8 million, 4.9/9)
ABC: "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" rerun (6.6 million, 3.4/6)
FOX: "Million Dollar Money Drop" (5.2 million, 3.1/5)
NBC: "The Office" rerun (2.8 million, 1.9/3)/"Outsourced" rerun (2.4 million, 1.6/3)
The CW: "Nikita" rerun (1.4 million, 0.9/2)

18-49 leader: "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christma"  (2.1)

10 p.m.

CBS:
 "The Mentalist" rerun (8.7 million, 5.4/10)
ABC: "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" rerun (6.6 million, 3.5/6)
NBC: "The Office" reruns - two episodes (2.5 million, 1.6/3)

18-49 leader: "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2.2)

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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