Talk about having legs. A comedy series that’s more than a half-century old delivered big numbers for CBS Sunday night, when a special airing of “I Love Lucy” programming brought in 8.71 million total viewers, TV Media Insights reports, citing Nielsen overnights.
CBS aired its second annual “I Love Lucy” Christmas special, leading out from “60 Minutes.” This year’s “Lucy” special featured colorized versions of the show’s Christmas special and the classic episode “Job Switching,” with the famous conveyor belt sequence.
The program pulled a 6.2/9 in households, leading out from an 8.3/13 for “60 Minutes.” The “Lucy” special had a 1.4 preliminary average rating in the key demo of adults 18-49.
“I Love Lucy” debuted on CBS in 1951 and became one of the biggest success stories of the early TV era. After ending its original run in 1957, the show was repackaged numerous times and has remained on television virtually in perpetuity via syndication.