December 31, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Salem
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People will watch anything over an episode of CHUCK.
NBC:  Facing nothing but repeats, a new Chuck could do no better than 4th place in its hour with a sad 0.8.  The GRIMM repeat did half the rating of the CSI MIAMI repeat at 9, but a new DATELINE did manage to win the hour at 10PM with a 1.2.

FOX:  The repeat KITCHEN NIGHTMARES won the first hour, but at 9PM a FRINGE rerun plummeted to 0.4.
CBS:  Steady, with its reruns all within 0.9-1.2.
ABC:  A run of the first CHRONICLES OF NARNIA picture managed a 1.0 for the night.
CW:  Repeat, off-night SECRET CIRCLEs could only muster a 0.3.
Tonight, thanks to New Year’s Eve, ABC will be all-new with Dick Clark specials, and NBC will have Carson Daly for a fresh hour at 10PM.  Sunday sets up as a very big night for NBC:  against reruns on all the other networks (including 3 back-to-back Once Upon A Times on ABC), the Peacock has an all-the-marbles showdown for the last NFL playoff spot between Dallas and the NY Giants.
Happy New Year from The Sked!

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."