December 10, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Salem
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No news was good news for NBC last night.
NBC:  The network returned from several weeks of seasonal hiatus in pretty chipper shape.  CHUCK was up slightly from its last airing, but more importantly, GRIMM held steady with a 1.6 that on this night and this network was a veritable present under the tree, winning its hour.  Then DATELINE (airing against a CBS rerun) was equally strong, also winning the hour.

ABC:  Unexcitingly even, with EXTREME MAKEOVER HOME EDITION‘s 1.2 average over its 2 hours and 20/20‘s 1.3 the same as last week.
CBS:  Christmas specials won the 8PM hour and were a very solid 2d at 9PM, but the BLUE BLOODS repeat at 10PM came in behind both newsmagazines.
FOX:  Repeats didn’t budge the needle, with FRINGE notably awful at 0.4.
CW:  More repeats, as the network’s winter intermission continues.
Sunday’s schedule will be all over the place, with new episodes on FOX and CBS (including the cycle finale of THE AMAZING RACE at 8PM), a rerun of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY on ABC, what should be a big Giants vs Cowboys football game on NBC, and on HBO, the season finale of BOARDWALK EMPIRE coupled with a “preview” of the pilot for their big-name (Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Michael Mann, David Milch) horseracing series LUCK.  

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."