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'THE GRINCH' Delivers Ratings Win for ABC on Christmas Eve

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With repeat comedies from 8-10pm into an encore Nashville, ABC was the #1 broadcaster on Christmas Night in Adults 18-49, leading runner up NBC by 29% (0.9/3 vs. 0.7/2). ABC's The Middle (1.3/4) and Modern Family (1.3/4) tied as the top-rated show on Wednesday night.

In addition, on Christmas Eve Tuesday, ABC won the night by 18% in Adults 18-49 with encore broadcasts of both the animated and live action versions of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1.3/5 vs. 1.1/4 for NBC with It's a Wonderful Life), leading all 6 half-hours of primetime.

The 1966 animated holiday story is based on the classic children's book by the legendary Dr. Seuss, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" takes viewers inside a snowflake to Whoville, the magical land of the Whos. But high above this holiday-loving town resides the Grinch, a hateful creature with a heart three sizes too small, who despises Christmas and plots to steal it from the Whos.

Will a greedy Mayor Augustus Maywho or the seductive Martha May Whovier ruin his plans? Or will the loving little Cindy Lou Who be able to teach The Grinch the true meaning of Christmas?

The voice cast includes Boris Karloff as The Grinch/Narrator and June Foray as Cindy Lou Who.

The animated short was directed by Chuck Jones and was written by Dr. Seuss, with additional story by Bob Ogle and Irv Spector.

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