Garth Brooks' Vegas Holiday Special Is Ratings Gold, Tops Lady Gaga

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Monday, 02 Dec 2013 11:02 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Country star Garth Brooks turned his hit Las Vegas holiday show into ratings gold Friday, topping all contenders including Lady Gaga's Thanksgiving special.

"Garth Brooks: Live From Las Vegas" averaged 1.8 rating among adults aged 18-49, helping CBS win the Friday rating wars, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Overall, CBS scored 6.7 million viewers, or a 1.4 adults rating for the night.

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The night before, "Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular" drew a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 adult category, or 3.6 million viewers, according to Entertainment Weekly. That was less than the leading rating for "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," which was 1.6 and had 5.3 million viewers in the category.

Entertainment Weekly noted that "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving" in the same time slot in 2011 drew 5.4 million total viewers and had a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demo.

Ratings for Brooks' lead-in shows, "Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas" and "The Elf on the Shelf," were both down from 2012, at 0.4 and 0.6 ratings, respectively.

By comparison, ABC's showing of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Sherk the Halls" both drew 1.5 ratings among adults. The news magazine show "20/20" received a 0.9 rating, giving ABC 5.1 million viewers, or a 1.2 adult rating Friday.

On NBC, "Dateline" captured a 1.2 rating; "Grimm" earned a 1.3 rating, while "Dracula" topped out at a 0.9 rating.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal called the concert Brooks' Las Vegas farewell gig because of rumors that the entertainer may be planning a comeback tour.

"Thank you for my life," Brooks told the audience at Wynn Las Vegas' Encore Theater.

"Rumors flew before the show that Brooks might use the national TV platform to announce details of his first world tour since the late 1990s," wrote Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Brooks made no mention of it but all signs — the TV special and last week's release of a new CD/DVD box set — suggest a 2014 comeback launch is on track."

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