Photo: Vulture and Photos by Netflix, Lifetime, Hallmark, Freeform and AMC Some conservatives (including a cast member of Home Alone 2 ) are fond of complaining that politically correct corporate America has abandoned Christmas celebrations. They've clearly never turned on a TV set around this time of year. Far from fleeing Christmas, programmers are raising the Santa stakes and devoting more resources than ever to Yuletide stunts. The reason: As much as modern audiences love streaming shows on demand, Nielsen data suggests live viewing — no DVRs, no on-demand — spikes dramatically for holiday-themed programming , as friends and families gather in front of the electronic hearth for a dose of carefully curated small-screen cheer. And as the battle for those Christmas viewers grows ever more competitive, networks are responding with ever more extensive holiday offerings. On the broadcast side of the TV business, holiday-themed episodes of scripted series and reruns of chestnuts such as A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are being supplemented with more original specials. NBC this week has its Legendary Christmas hour starring John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, while next month will bring Yuletide-themed editions of reality and game shows such as America's… Read full this story
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