More than 5.5 million people tuned in to the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life on NBC Christmas Eve, marking it the biggest audience for Frank Capra's 1946 film in seven years.
Bolstered by those numbers, NBC won Monday evening, with It's a Wonderful Life drawing 5.6 million viewers, its largest audience since 2005, and a 1.5 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. It also makes it the most-watched theatrical movie to play on a broadcast network so far this season, according to Entertainment Weekly.
All of the major networks aired holiday programming or reruns of their prime-time shows. ABC's Shrek the Halls special drew 3.4 million viewers and a 1.0 in the demo.
CBS: How I Met Your Mother (R) 3.3 million (.9); How I Met Your Mother (R) 3.2 million (1.0)
ABC: Prep & Landing (R) 3.4 million (.9) / Shrek the Halls (R) 3.4 million (1.0)
Fox: Raising Hope (R) 1.9 million (.7) / Raising Hope (R) 1.4 million (.5)
NBC: It's a Wonderful Life (R) 5.6 million (1.5)
CW: Christmas Is Here Again 800,000 (.3)
ABC: Shrek the Third 3.4 million (1.1)
Fox: Raising Hope (R) 1.5 million (.5); Raising Hope (R) 1.7 million (.6)
CW: Christmas Is Here Again 700,000 (.2) / Second Star to the Left 600,000 (.2)
CW: Hawaii Five-0 (R) 4.8 million (1.2)