The animated Halloween favorite It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown brought big numbers for ABC on Tuesday. Further proving that animation isn’t just for kids, the classic half-hour special made the network No. 1 with the coveted adults 18-49 demographic for the time slot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
An average of 13.2 million viewers tuned in at 8:00 to see Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang created by the late Charles M. Schulz. The 37-year-old Pumpkin outdid a new episode of Fox’s The Next Joe Millionaire, which drew only 6.5 million viewers. The only major competition came from CBS’ new drama Navy NCIS, which pulled in an average of 13.5 million viewers for the entire 8:00 hour.
In It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Linus Van Pelt refuses to participate in the usual Halloween festivities, choosing instead to hold vigil in a pumpkin patch where the fabled "Great Pumpkin" is supposed to appear. Meanwhile, sad sack Charlie ends up with more tricks than treats in his candy bag.