29 November 2012 8:24 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Good grief, the animated holiday specials keep racking up ratings victories.

Wednesday night’s annual telecast of A Charlie Brown Christmas won the 8 p.m. hour for ABC and was up 4 percent from last year. The Peanuts gang’s 47-year-old special — the most popular of the Peanuts franchise’s animated programs — delivered 8.9 million viewers and a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. That outdrew CBS’ Survivor: Philippines (10.4 million, 2.7 rating) and Fox’s The X-Factor (8.1 million, 2.8) among adults 18-49.

CBC also tied CBS’ Criminal Minds as the second highest-rated show of the night and topped NBC’s annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center special (9.1 million, »


- James Hibberd

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