November 29, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Salem
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The only shows last night with ratings north of a 3 were reruns.
FOX:  Even with weaker competition on both CBS and ABC, TERRA NOVA couldn’t climb more than 0.1 from last week’s season low, and with only 2 episodes left this season (the finale is a 2-hour special), time is running out.  HOUSE didn’t fare much better, also up a mere 0.1 from its season low.

ABC:  Although they didn’t equal Dancing With the Stars‘ usual rating, a combo of the classic HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS and a SHREK holiday special performed well 8-9PM.  Viewers have apparently decided that YOU DESERVE IT doesn’t, and the night was rounded out by a CASTLE rerun.
CBS:  Thinking of reruns, The Eye won the night with one arm tied behind its back.  With an all-repeat lineup, CBS was victorious in every half-hour of the evening.
NBC:  The season finale of THE SING-OFF couldn’t come soon enough for NBC, although it did manage to climb slightly for its last performance.  Facing repeats on the other networks, ROCK CENTER also crept up a bit.
CWHART OF DIXIE‘s 0.8 was nothing to shout about, but the fact that it marked an increase of 0.2 from the waning GOSSIP GIRL was at least a bit promising.

Specials continue tonight, with CBS airing an odd combination of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER and a VICTORIA’S SECRET show (an NCIS rerun provides a break between them), and ABC substituting a rerun of THE MIDDLE for the Dancing With the Stars results show. 

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."