December 27, 2013



Because of the holidays, all numbers other than morning network ratings are coming in a day late, so this post combines last night’s network with Wednesday’s cable results.


TBS was the unquestioned cable king of Christmas, with every one of the day and night’s Top 10 telecasts airing on the network.  4 of them were runs of A CHRISTMAS STORY, with the 10AM airing the highest-rated show of the day at 2.1 (noon followed with 1.7).  The other 6 were reruns of THE BIG BANG THEORY, led by a 1.4 at 10PM.

ESPN had the next two slots with NBA BASKETBALL at 1.3/1.2.

At BBCAMERICA, 1.0 is an excellent number, and the DOCTOR WHO CHRISTMAS SPECIAL reached it.

Despite the massive publicity (good or not) that DUCK DYNASTY (A&E) has gotten lately, a rerun marathon didn’t soar, topped by 0.8 ratings for 3 of the episodes.


CBS:  America just can’t get enough of THE BIG BANG THEORY, and a 2.6 network rerun on Thursday at least doubled the rating of everything else on broadcast TV except the 1.7 for its own follow-up, a rerun of THE MILLERS.  Without that lead-in, though, an additional hour of Millers reruns sank to 1.1/0.9.

ABC:  After 1.3 for a SHARK TANK rerun, the night’s only original program, a new 20/20 special, was at 1.0.

NBC:  A rerun SNL clip show special was fairly solid at 1.3.

FOX:  GLEE reruns at 0.4/0.3.

CW:  Reruns at 0.3/0.3.

CW isn’t exactly heralding the series finale of NIKITA, burying it on a night of reruns (even the Carrie Diaries episode that precedes it is a repeat).  Apart from that, there are a couple of fresh news hours, and everything else has been seen before.


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."