'Rudolph' Leads Tuesday Ratings

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Holiday specials continue to make the perfect network stocking stuffers during the writers strike, with the annual telecast of CBS's "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" easily topping the night.

"Rudolph" had a 5.1 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49 at 8 p.m., up 13 percent from last year's Friday delivery. CBS followed up with a "NCIS" repeat (2.8) and the lowest-rated "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" to date (2.6, which still is a strong number for the time period).

CBS tied NBC for the night in the demo, though won in total viewers. NBC aired a two-hour "Biggest Loser" (3.2) and "Law & Order: SVU" (4.0).

Fox was third with repeats. ABC came in fourth with repeats giving the weakest lead-in of the season for "Boston Legal," which in turn had a series low (2.2).

On The CW, the on-par season finale of "Beauty and the Geek" was followed by a resurgent "Reaper" (1.2) among the network's target 18 to 34 demographic (a 1.3, its best since late October).