Saturday TV Ratings 12/25/21: How the Grinch Stole Christmas Solid on Christmas, NBA Leads (UPDATED)


Ratings Analysis: Though the Lakers ended up losing to the Nets, ABC's NBA game (1.57) was easily the highest-rated broadcast on Christmas night and helped boost a 10:30pm 'Black-ish' encore (0.61) to a rating well above the majority of its 2021 episodes. Buoyed by a massive NFL game (5.12) that aired outside of primetime, Fox's 'PBC Boxing' (0.66) improved significantly from last week (0.17) and was the #2 telecast of the evening. NBC had sturdy showings of the 1966 animated special 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' (0.42) and the 2000 live-action 'Grinch' film (0.47). The first 'Grinch' was seven-hundredths shy of its year-ago performance (0.49) while the second 'Grinch' was only down by three-hundredths from 2020 (0.50). CBS went with tepid repeats of 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (0.19) and '48 Hours' (0.19/0.22). The CW had an encore of 'iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2021' (0.07). 

Finals Update: 'NBA: Nets v. Lakers' (+0.8), 'PBC Boxing' (+0.1), 'Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas' (+0.1), and the repeat of 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' (+0.1) adjusted up. The 10 PM repeat of '48 Hours' (-0.1) adjusted down.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMNBA: Nets v. Lakers1.57/114.82ABC

PBC Boxing

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) (R)0.42/32.14NBC

NCIS: Los Angeles (R)0.19/11.95CBS

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2021 (R)0.07/10.34The CW
8:30 PMDr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)0.47/31.93NBC
9 PM48 Hours (R)0.19/12.82CBS
10 PM48 Hours (R)0.22/22.02CBS
10:30 PMBlackish (R)0.61/52.17ABC
(R) = repeat

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