""Cold Case," 10.1/16, delivered the night's biggest audience to CBS at 8 p.m. FOX held onto second with "The Simpsons," 5.9/9, and "The War at Home," 4.6/7. "Once Upon a Mattress" kept ABC in third, while the NBC News special "Tom Brokaw: To War and Back" came in at 4.3/7. "The Wizard of Oz" scored a 2.3/4 for The WB."
"President Bush's address lasted about 20 minutes at 9 p.m., with networks resuming regular programming afterward. CBS led the hour, with the movie "The Christmas Blessing" [in which Rob Lowe starred] combining with the speech to average 8.7/13. ABC's coverage of Bush and a "Desperate Housewives" repeat scored a 6.3/9. FOX averaged 4.5/7 with "Family Guy" and the start of "American Dad" following the speech, while NBC aired the movie "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." The WB ticked up slightly with its movie."
From the New York Times:
"NBC placed fourth for the night in both total viewers and 18-to-49-year-olds. In place of "The West Wing" at 8 p.m. was a Tom Brokaw special about soldiers from the Iraq war. It fared even worse than the political drama usually does during that hour, drawing only 6.04 million viewers.'"
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Last Week's Ratings.