26 December 2012 6:11 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

NBC got its ratings wings on Christmas Eve. The network’s annual presentation of It's a Wonderful Life delivered the film’s biggest numbers in years Monday night.

Frank Capra’s holiday classic starring Jimmy Stewart was seen by 5.6 million viewers and had a 1.5 in the adult demo. That’s up 16 percent this year to mark its most-watched airing since 2005 and it ranked as the most-watched theatrical movie to play on a broadcast network so far this season.

This was NBC’s 34th primetime run of the film since it was brought to broadcast TV in 1994. »

- James Hibberd

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