"Christmas Story" still a hit with cable viewers

Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:44am EST

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Ralphie Parker's quest for a Red Ryder BB gun still captivates TV viewers.

TBS set records last week with its 11th annual 24-hour marathon of the 1983 holiday movie "A Christmas Story," which started at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve. The story revolves around a youngster in 1940s Indiana who desperately wants a BB gun for Christmas despite frequent admonitions that he will shoot his eye out. It was directed by Bob Clark, who was killed along with his son by a drunk driver in April.

The marathon scored its best-ever average delivery in total viewers (2.8 million) as well as in such key demos as adults 18-34 (775,000), adults 18-49 (1.6 million) and adults 25-54 (1.5 million), according to Nielsen Media Research.

For the marathon's entire 24-hour run, TBS ranked as the No. 1 ad-supported cable network in 18-34, 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers. (Ad-supported networks include most basic cable outlets with a few exceptions like Disney Channel.)

During the marathon, the most-watched airing of "Christmas" in total viewers was the first telecast (8 p.m. December 24), which averaged 4.4 million viewers. The 10 p.m. telecast that followed was the most-watched among 18-34 (1.2 million), 18-49 (2.2 million) and 25-54 (2.1 million).

The 10 p.m. showing also beat all broadcast programming on Christmas Eve (8 p.m.-midnight) in the 18-34 demo.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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