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Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC, CBS and NBC all had reason to cheer ratings for Tuesday night, which featured the Alphabet’s annual airing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and another strong perf by the Peacock’s “Law & Order: SVU,” according to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen.

From 8 to 9, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (4.8/13 in adults 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall) won in adults 18-49 and other demos with the holiday classic’s best numbers since moving to ABC three years ago. Net also did well with a repeat “According to Jim” at 9 (4.3/11 in adults 18-49, 11.7 million viewers overall) and an original “Rodney” at 9:30 (3.9/10 in adults 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall). “Rodney” topped NBC’s comedy competish “Scrubs” (3.4/9 in adults 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall), ringing up its best male demos to date.

Over at NBC, which won the night in 18-49, “Law & Order: SVU” (5.5/15 in adults 18-49, 13.5 million viewers overall) led at 10 over ABC’s “NYPD Blue” (3.4/9 in adults 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) and CBS’ “Judging Amy” (3.1/9 in adults 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall). Peacock also continues to post solid numbers with “The Biggest Loser” from 8 to 9:30 (4.0/10 in adults 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall).

CBS was paced by a slot-leading “Amazing Race 6” at 9 (4.6/12 in adults 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall) and “NCIS” at 8 (3.6/10 in adults 18-49, 15.2 million viewers overall), which was the night’s most-watched program overall.

Fox received a promising perf from rookie drama “House” (2.8/7 in adults 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), which was up vs. recent weeks and grew by 2 shares on the half-hour. It continues to get little support from its “Rebel Billionaire” lead-in (1.8/5 in adults 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall).

The WB saw an OK preem for the latest round of “High School Reunion” at 9 (1.5/4 in adults 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall), which was on par with its repeat “Gilmore Girls” lead-in.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.4/12; ABC, 4.1/11; CBS, 3.8/10; Fox, 2.3/6; WB, 1.5/4; UPN, 0.9/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.8 million; ABC, 11.5 million; NBC, 10.4 million; Fox, 5.6 million; WB, 3.4 million; UPN, 2.3 million.

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