After a 10-year run on ABC, holiday staple Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas is heading to NBC. Starting this year, the 1966 animated special will air on the peacock network two times during the holiday season under a three-year licensing deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
The animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book, from animator Chuck Jones, premiered on CBS in December 1966. It aired on the eye network for two decades before moving to WBDTD siblings TNT, TBS and the WB. The special, featuring the voices of Boris Karloff as the Grinch and the narrator, and June Foray as Cindy Lou Who, returned to the major broadcast networks in 2006 when it began its 10-year run on ABC. This will be How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ NBC debut.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas ended its ABC stint on a high note, delivering its best adults 18-49 result in five years on Christmas night last year, a 1.9 Live+Same Day rating and 6 million viewers.