'It's a Wonderful Life' gives NBC a ratings win on a holiday-filled Christmas Eve

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Fast National ratings for Monday, Dec. 24, 2012

On a night dominated by holiday specials and a few reruns, NBC scored a soft win with an airing of the classic film "It's a Wonderful Life." CBS repeats and a night of "Shrek" movies on ABC performed well too.

There was no new, regularly scheduled programming on any of the major networks on the night before Christmas, but CBS and FOX did air repeats of their shows, mostly comedies.
NBC led the night overall, with 3.1 million viewers and a 5.6 rating/7 household share. CBS followed with 2.6 million viewers (4.2/5), ahead of ABC (1.8 million viewers, 3.4/4). FOX garnered only 0.9 million viewers (1.6/2), while The CW trailed the pack with 0.4 million viewers (0.7/1).

NBC also got the win in the adults 18-49 demographic at 1.5. ABC and CBS tied for second with a 1.0. FOX followed with 0.6 and The CW trailed down at 0.2.

Monday hour by hour

8 p.m.

NBC: "It's a Wonderful Life" (4.9 million viewers, 2.8/6 households)
ABC:  "Disney Prep & Landing" (3.4 million, 1.8/4), "Shrek the Halls" (3.4 million, 1.7/4)
CBS:  "How I Met Your Mother" (3.3 million, 2.1/5), "How I Met Your Mother" (3.3 million, 2.1/5)
FOX: "Raising Hope" (1.9 million, 1.0/2), "Raising Hope" (1.4 million, 0.8/2)
CW: "Christmas Is Here Again" (0.8 million, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "It's a Wonderful Life" (1.2)

9 p.m.

NBC: "It's a Wonderful Life" (5.7 million, 3.1/6)
CBS: "Two Broke Girls" (4.3 million, 2.5/5), "Mike and Molly" (4.5 million, 2.8/6)
ABC: "Shrek the Third" (3.4 million, 1.8/4)
FOX: "Raising Hope" (1.5 million, 0.9/2), "Raising Hope" (1.7 million, 1.0/2)
CW: "Christmas Is Here Again" (0.7 million, 0.4/1), "Second Star to the Left" (0.6 million, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: "It's a Wonderful Life" (1.6)

10 p.m.

NBC: "It's a Wonderful Life" (6.2 million, 3.5/8)
CBS: "Hawaii Five-0" (4.8 million, 3.0/7)
ABC: "Shrek the Third" (3.4 million, 1.9/4)

18-49 leader: "It's a Wonderful Life" (1.8)

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

Photo/Video credit: RKO Radio Pictures
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