TV ratings: 'Modern Family' and 'Blue Bloods' lead a quiet Christmas night

blue-bloods-dec-25-rtgs.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013

The country had better things to do on Christmas night than park itself in front of the TV, and ratings were unsurprisingly low across the board for the broadcast networks as they all aired full slates of repeats.

The night's top performers were "Blue Bloods" on CBS, which led the viewer race, and "The Middle" and "Modern Family" on ABC, which had the best 18-49 performance in primetime.

CBS averaged 4.6 million viewers and a 2.8 rating/5 share in households. NBC (3 million, 1.9/4) came in second, beating out ABC's 2.7 million viewers and 1.6/3. FOX (1.4 million, 0.9/2) finished fourth, and The CW (903,000, 0.5/1) trailed.

None of the broadcast nets made it to a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. ABC led the way with a 0.9, followed by NBC at 0.7. CBS scored a 0.6, FOX a 0.4 and The CW a 0.3.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"I Love Lucy Christmas Special" rerun (3.6 million, 2.1/4)
NBC: "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale" rerun (3.5 million, 2.1/4)
ABC: "The Middle" rerun (3.8 million, 2.2/4)/"Trophy Wife" rerun (2.6 million, 1.6/3)
FOX: "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas" rerun (2 million, 1.2/2)/"DreamWorks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury" rerun (1.6 million, 1.0/2)
The CW: "Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special" rerun (987,000, 0.5/1)/"Merry Madagascar" rerun (1.1 million, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "The Middle" (1.3)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Hawaii Five-0" rerun (4.7 million, 2.8/5)
NBC: "Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special" rerun (3.4 million, 2.1/4)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (3.8 million, 2.2/4)/"Super Fun Night" rerun (2.4 million, 1.4/3)
FOX: "Raising Hope" reruns - two episodes (1.1 million, 0.7/1)
The CW: "One Direction iHeartRadio Album Release Party" rerun (773,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: "Modern Family" (1.3)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"Blue Bloods" rerun (5.4 million, 3.4/7)
NBC: "Hollywood Game Night" rerun (2.1 million, 1.4/3)
ABC: "Nashville" rerun (1.8 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: "Blue Bloods" and "Hollywood Game Night" tied at 0.6

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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