NBC’s unedited 50th-anniversary broadcast of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! drew 5.2 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating on Friday, easily winning the night in the demo while giving the Peacock a 21-month, non-Olympics high in the time slot. Versus a year ago (when it aired on a Wednesday with a strong lead-in), the Grinch was down 5 and 20 percent.
Leading out of that, How Murray Saved Christmas retained 3.3 mil and a 0.8.
Over on CBS, Frosty the Snowman did a cool 4.2 mil with a 0.9 rating, followed by Frosty Returns‘ 3.6 mil/0.8. Leading out of a MacGyver rerun (4.1 mil/0.6), a Blue Bloods repeat copped Friday’s largest audience — 5.8 million viewers.
Of the night’s other holiday fare, ABC’s Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town drew 3.4 mil/0.8, while The CW’s Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer brought up the rear with 1.1 mil/0.3.