Friday TV Ratings 11/27/20: Minions Holiday Special Ties The Grinch to Lead Black Friday, Frosty the Snowman Drops from 2019, Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer Gives CW a 0.2 (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: With Thanksgiving out of the way, the broadcast networks immediately transitioned to airing their respective animated holiday specials. As usual, NBC's presentation of 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' (0.7) beat out the other offerings but was down markedly from the 1.1 rating it posted in December 2019. 'Grinch' led into a brand-new 'Minions Holiday Special' (0.7) that fully retained its lead-in and topped the 8:30 half-hour. The peacock network closed out a dominant night with a 'Dateline' repeat (0.5). 'Frosty the Snowman' (0.5) and 'Frosty Returns' (0.4) each shed two-tenths from their year-ago broadcasts on CBS. They led into a 'Pet Project' special (0.3) and 'Blue Bloods' encore (0.3). ABC's 'Santa Claus is Comin' to Town' (0.5) also lost two-tenths when compared to last year (0.7). The special led into an original '20/20' (0.4) that was down 33% from the week prior (0.6). The CW had its strongest Friday in a while with its presentation of 'Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer' (0.2). The special inched down from the last time it aired (0.3) but bested its 'World's Funniest Animals' (0.1/0.1) lead-in. Fox stayed out of the holiday special business, opting to air another installment of 'WWE Smackdown' (0.6).

Finals Update: 'Santa Claus is Comin' to Town' (+0.1), 'Frosty the Snowman' (+0.1), and 'Frosty Returns' (+0.1) adjusted up.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMHow the Grinch Stole Christmas0.7/43.92NBC

Frosty the Snowman0.6/43.19CBS

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town0.6/42.93ABC

WWE SmackDown0.6/42.14Fox

World's Funniest Animals0.1/10.99The CW
8:30 PMMinions Holiday Special0.7/43.39NBC

Frosty Returns0.5/32.37CBS

World's Funniest Animals (R)0.1/11.00The CW
9 PMDateline NBC0.5/33.21NBC


CBS Sunday Morning: The Pet Project0.3/22.20CBS

Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer0.2/10.82The CW
10 PMBlue Bloods (R)0.3/22.75CBS
(R) = repeat

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