December 30, 2013



NBC bid adieu for the season to its highest-rated show.

NBC:  Despite speculation that the season’s finale of SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL would be a bust with Tony Romo out due to injury, the game turned out to be an edge-of-the-seat thriller, and with Dallas and Philadelphia in a win-or-go-home game, NBC had a huge 8.1 rating, far above last week’s 5.5.  The bad news for NBC is that its last remaining piece of this football season is Saturday’s pair of wild card playoff games.

CBS:  THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS are typically low-rated, but this year’s edition outdid itself, falling half a point from last year to a new low 0.9, even though the network had a lengthy football overrun to start the night.  (See Mitch Metcalf’s SKEDBALL post for details about the day’s football ratings.)  60 MINUTES, airing late, is currently at 1.5, subject to adjustment for football.

ABC:  A rerun of HARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER’S STONE managed a 1.1.

FOX:  After the NFL ended, it was another night of animated reruns, currently highlighted (subject to post-football adjustment) by 2.2 for THE SIMPSONS.  As with last week, viewers couldn’t get away from the 9:30PM run of ANIMATION DOMINATION late-night shows quickly enough, as the network dropped from 1.7 for a FAMILY GUY rerun to 0.9 when they started.

The holiday lull continues tonight, with reruns of normal programming, some old animations and HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT.


About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."