Christmas TV Ratings
Broadcast networks in the US prefer to air reruns instead of razzle-dazzle Christmas specials during the holidays as television viewing levels have gone down considerably in recent years. Christmas 2006 was no exception.
On Christmas Eve, CBS won the night courtesy of Sunday's top program - NFL Overrun that took a byte of prime-time scoring over 17 million viewers at 7pm. That audience quickly disappeared as only a little over 5 million remained glued to the network by the end of the evening.
In comparison, holiday classic "It's A Wonderful Life" (1946) nabbed 4,89 million viewers for NBC, reruns of "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers and Sisters" scored 3,45 million and 3,12 million viewers respectively (great viewer retention for "Brothers and Sisters", by the way) and "Spiderman" brought 4,19 million to FOX.
Monday night, NBC ruled the roost, as a special two-hour edition of "Deal or No Deal" earned top honors with 16,45 million, while the rerun of ABC's theatrical "Pirates of the Caribbean" scored a modest 8,64 million. Monday night movie "Radio" on FOX and CW comedies were almost invisible.
Finally, on Tuesday night, "Big Day" was a big loser on ABC, as the sitcom that follows a wedding day broken out into a whole season proved it was no "24" scoring less than 4 million viewers for both installments. "The Kennedy Center Honors" telecast on CBS was the evening's top show with 10,85 million.