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Rudolph the Ratings Bully beats ABC, NBC, and FOX

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 3rd 2009 5:28PM
RudolphThis is the kind of TV ratings news that warms my heart: last night's airing of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer on CBS was the most-watched show of the entire night on any of the other networks, including Christmas in Rockefeller Center, So You Think You Can Dance, The Middle, The Grammy Nominations Concert, and Glee.

The Rankin/Bass Christmas special with the dentist elf and random misfit toys grabbed an impressive 10.7 million viewers.

That's pretty good for a 45 year-old animated special that we've all seen 97 times (and probably own on DVD), no? There's something amazingly comforting about that: the same Christmas specials (Rudolph, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, It's A Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, etc) are pulled out every single year and we still watch them. It's the sort of television comfort food that we can't resist.

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it reminds people of a certain age, of a time when things seems simpler and less dangerous (i know i know things were just as dangerous if not more so), but tv was less cynical. you hardly knew about the personal lives of the people on tv. same for the these shows. you took the sweetness on face value and it warmed you inside.

December 05 2009 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Call me a scrooge but I think the main reason the ratings were high was it really didn't have any competition - broadcast or cable. As my mom commented from the living room while I was in the kitchen, "There's not a damn thing on tonight! Just a bunch of Christmas crap." LOL. She's really very sweet normally but she was right. Unless you choose On Demand or had stuff TiVo'd you were screwed. Why can't Fringe and other good shows in ratings trouble be on during times like this?! Now tonight, speaking of Fringe, and embarrassment of riches. I'd bet Rudolph wouldn't be number one tonight.

December 03 2009 at 7:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I record and watch this show every year. I first saw it as a child in the sixties and have probably seen it close to fifty times. Great show.

December 03 2009 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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