ABC’s 53-year-old A Charlie Brown Christmas (1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo, 5.14 million viewers) was Thursday night’s s No. 1 show among 18-49 year-olds, clocking the same demo rating it had last year.
CBS’ Murphy Brown (0.7, 5.21M) wrapped its revival season in a field of CBS repeats, including lead-in The Big Bang Theory (0.9, 6.40M), which handed Murphy a 25% smaller demo lead-in than the previous week. No surprise: Murphy’s demo rating equaled the show’s low to date. In total viewers, Murphy managed to climb 15% to cough up its most-watched episode since October 11.
At 8 PM, another repeat Big Bang Theory (1.0, 7.01M) was the night’s most watched program and came in second in the demo.
Charlie Brown as lead-in helped ABC’s finale of The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition (0.7, 3.59M) pick up a tenth in the demo and 18% in total viewers compared to last week, when it contended with NFL competition.
Fox passed its Thursday with a replay of A Christmas Story Live! (0.4, 1.50M); CW did same with Howie Mandel Stand-Up Extravaganza (0.2, 1.05M).
ABC (0.9, 4.11M) took the night in the demo; CBS (0.8, 5.39M) topped in total viewers. NBC (0.6, 2.97M), Fox (0.4, 1.50M), and CW (0.2, 1.05M) followed.