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‘Charlie Brown’ Wins Big on Tuesday

Dec 7, 2005  •  Post A Comment

ABC’s Dec. 6 40th anniversary rebroadcast of the animated holiday classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” won the 8 p.m. (ET) hour in total viewers, all key adult demographics, teens and kids.

“Charlie Brown” garnered 15.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research fast affiliate ratings, and a 5.5 rating in adults 18 to 49. The special, which began airing on ABC in 2001, had its best network delivery ever in viewers and the demo and outperformed its nearest time period competition, CBS’s “NCIS,” by 1.1 million viewers and by 62 percent in adults 18 to 49 (5.5 versus 3.4).

That wasn’t enough to take the top spot for the night in adults 18 to 49, however. NBC’s comedy “My Name Is Earl” and drama “Law & Order: SVU” tied for No. 1 with a 5.4, while “SVU” took the top spot in viewers with 16.3 million.