December 18, 2012


Viewers bid a fond XOXO to Gossip Girl.

CW:  The final episode of GOSSIP GIRL earned the show its best rating of the season by a considerable margin, with a 0.8 (although it’s a sign of where the series ended up that this was still below a typical episode of Vampire Diaries or Arrow).  The preceding clip show scored a 0.6.

NBC:  The first part of THE VOICE‘s cycle finale had a 4.1, up 0.3 from last week.  That lead-in only resulted in a 2.3 for the special preview of 1600 PENN, a very bad omen for that show’s arrival on Thursdays in 2013, where it will only have about half that lead-in from The OfficeTAKE IT ALL ended its limited run with a quiet 1.5.

CBS:  A major event 1-hour HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER scored only moderately with a 3.4, up 0.2 from last week.  The last 2 BROKE GIRLS and MIKE & MOLLY of the year were at 3.5/3.3.  That was down 0.3 for Girls and up 0.2 for M&M (which didn’t air last week).  HAWAII 5-0 concluded the evening at 2.4, down slightly from last week.

ABC:  The network’s preliminary numbers may be skewed due to ESPN simulcast in Nashville, but for the moment, EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION is at 1.0/1.2 for its 2 hours, down 0.3 at 8PM and flat at 9PM.  A CASTLE rerun did a 1.1.

FOX:  A night of family specials was led by a 1.5 for the new HOW TO TEACH YOUR DRAGON half-hour, which held at 8:30PM for a rerun ICE AGE special.  9PM proved too late in the evening for HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN, which declined to 0.9.

The last episode of  The Voice until March is the big event tonight.  FOX and CW are already in holiday rerun and special mode, while ABC starts the night with yet another run of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS before its regular 9-11PM shows, and CBS is all-new.

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."