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chuck vs santa suit TV ratings: 'Chuck' improves slightly, CBS wins a quiet FridayFast National ratings for Friday, Dec. 23, 2011

Friday night was, as you might expect of a Friday right before Christmas, rather uneventful in the Nielsen ratings. “Chuck” was the only original scripted program on broadcast TV, and it was up a tick over last week.

CBS also improved some on its numbers from a week ago, leading the night with 6.7 million viewers and a 4.4 rating/8 share in households. ABC (4.2 million, 2.4/4) finished second, beating out NBC’s 3.15 million viewers and 2.0/4. FOX (1.9 million, 1.3/2) held off The CW (1.4 million, 0.8/2) for fourth place.

Thanks to a batch of holiday specials, ABC led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 1.1 rating, edging out CBS’ 1.0 and NBC’s 0.9. FOX drew a 0.6 and The CW a 0.4.

]]>8 p.m. CBS: “A Gifted Man” rerun (5.6 million viewers, 3.8/7 households)
ABC: Specials – “Shrek the Halls” (5.1 million, 2.8/5)/”Phineas and Ferb Christmas” (3.7 million, 1.9/4)
NBC: “Chuck” (3.4 million, 2.1/4)
FOX: “Kitchen Nightmares” rerun (2.4 million, 1.6/3)
The CW: Special – “Olive, the Other Reindeer” (1.3 million, 0.8/1) 18-49 leader: “Shrek the Halls” (1.4) 9 p.m. CBS: “CSI: NY” rerun (7.3 million, 4.8/9)
ABC: Specials – “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” (3.5 million, 1.7/3)/”Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special” (3.3 million, 1.7/3)
NBC: “Grimm” rerun (2.9 million, 18/3)
The CW: Special – “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” (1.6 million, 0.9/2)
FOX: “Fringe” rerun (1.4 million, 1.0/2) 18-49 leader: “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” (1.1) 10 p.m. CBS: “Blue Bloods” rerun (7.2 million, 4.6/9)
ABC: “20/20” (4.7 million, 3.1/6)
NBC: “Dateline” (3.15 million, 2.1/4) 18-49 leader: “Blue Bloods” (1.1)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable