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ABC's 'Shrek' special bests 'Grinch,' more

NEW YORK -- A half-hour Shrek the Halls holiday special was anything but ugly for ABC, scoring by far the night's highest adults 18-49 rating that even the perennial "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" couldn't match.

Shrek averaged 21.1 million viewers and a 7.2 rating/20 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released by Nielsen Media Research. The special, along with Grinch (18.7 million, 6.8/17), gave ABC a wide-margin victory on the last night of the November sweeps.

Shrek and Grinch combined to give the other holiday standby, NBC's Christmas at Rockefeller Center (9 million, 2.0/5), its lowest-ever rating in adults 18-49, and it was down 23% compared with a year ago's 2.6/7.

CBS came in second in adults 18-49 and narrowly won in viewership, thanks to Criminal Minds (16.3 million, 4.5/11) that came in ahead at 9 p.m. over ABC's Pushing Daisies (10.2 million, 3.8/9) as well as NBC's Bionic Woman (6 million, 2.2/5). It was the highest viewership and demo rating for Criminal Minds since Feb. 7.

'NCIS' leads CBS to Tues. win

'NCIS' leads CBS to Tues. win
NEW YORK -- NCIS pushed past House in viewership to lead CBS to a win Tuesday in the measure although House overwhelmingly took the demo to give Fox a primetime win in adults 18-49.

NCIS averaged 17.4 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. It was the night's top show in viewership and also won the 8 p.m. hour for CBS against relatively light fare including ABC's The Grinch That Stole Christmas (11 million, 3.9/11), NBC's Friday Night Lights (5.7 million, 2.3/6) and Fox's Standoff (5 million, 1.9/5).

The 9 p.m. hour was all House (16.1 million, 6.5/17), which beat up on CBS's The Unit (13.5 million, 3.7/10) as well as a repeat Law & Order: Criminal Intent (7.4 million, 2.1/5) plus the faltering ABC sitcoms Big Day (4.9 million, 1.8/5) and Help Me Help You (3.5 million, 1.4/3).

The CW averaged only 2.3 million viewers and a 0.9/2 in the demo with a repeat Gilmore Girls before falling even further with an hourlong telecast of the Family Friend Awards ( 1.7 million, 0.6/2).

'NCIS' leads CBS to Tues. win

'NCIS' leads CBS to Tues. win
NEW YORK -- NCIS pushed past House in viewership to lead CBS to a win Tuesday in the measure although House overwhelmingly took the demo to give Fox a primetime win in adults 18-49.

NCIS averaged 17.4 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. It was the night's top show in viewership and also won the 8 p.m. hour for CBS against relatively light fare including ABC's The Grinch That Stole Christmas (11 million, 3.9/11), NBC's Friday Night Lights (5.7 million, 2.3/6) and Fox's Standoff (5 million, 1.9/5).

The 9 p.m. hour was all House (16.1 million, 6.5/17), which beat up on CBS's The Unit (13.5 million, 3.7/10) as well as a repeat "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (7.4 million, 2.1/5) plus the faltering ABC sitcoms Big Day (4.9 million, 1.8/5) and Help Me Help You (3.5 million, 1.4/3).

The CW averaged only 2.3 million viewers and a 0.9/2 in the demo with a repeat Gilmore Girls before falling even further with an hourlong telecast of the Family Friend Awards ( 1.7 million, 0.6/2).

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