It was the Grinch (as played by Sue Sylvester) vs. Charlie Brown in the mostly Christmas-themed 8 PM time slot last night. Fox’s Glee (4.4/13, 11 million), topped the hour and the night in adults 18-49 but slipped a tenth from last week’s fast national demo rating (It was down two tenths from the Live+Same day number as Glee normally rises by a tenth in the finals.)
Heading into the live season finale next Tuesday, The Biggest Loser (3.1/8, 8.2 million, up 7% in the demo) hit a season high in adults 18-49, posting a second week of ratings growth in its new 9-11 PM slot. Its lead-in, the premiere of the Christmassy batch of Minute to Win It (1.9/5) was down 21% from its last cycle premiere.
The Christmas-themed Raising Hope (2.9/8) was up 7% to log its best performance since Week 2. And Running Wilde (1.7/4), which did not get a back order, is putting up quite a fight for survival, up 21% week-to-week after last week posting a 8% gain following another stretch of preemptions.
Ditto for CW’s Life Unexpected. With only a two-hour season finale/series finale left, the drama last night hit season highs in total viewers (1.8 million, up 20% from last week) and all key demos, including 18-34 (1.5/4). Its lead-in, veteran One Tree Hill (2.2 million, 1.3/4) also hit a season high in total viewers, up 22% from last week, as CW logged its most watched Tuesday of the season.
ABC’s Charlie Brown Christmas (2.6/7) was down 30% from the classic special’s airing last year. No Ordinary Family (1.9/5) held steady in its new temporary 9 PM home, while Detroit 1-8-7 continued to fade, down 13% from last week for a new series low. CBS’ aired all-reruns, led by NCIS (2.0/6, 11.8 million), which was still the most watched program of the night.