December 7, 2011



For CBS on Mondays, the other networks can huff and puff and put specials on the air, but they can’t blow The Eye’s house down.
CBS:  Against atypical competition almost across the board, all their hits were big winners, and all within 0.2 of their last original episodes.
ABC:  Their best number of the night by far was for the umpteenth repeat of 1965’s A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (although its 2.8 was still way below competitor HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER with a 4.5 on CBS).  After that, a PREP AND LANDING held the Charlie Brown audience pretty well, but YOU DESERVE IT was a disastrous 1.0, and CASTLE rebounded as best it could to a 2.0, its season low.

FOX:    The AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS were below Terra Nova‘s lowest score, let alone House.  
NBC:  Must we speak of this?  NBC’s average for 3 hours of primetime was a 1.0, which would be unacceptable even on a Saturday.  The number of people who didn’t want to watch a SING-OFF Christmas special was exceeded only by those who wanted no part of ROCK CENTER.  And there are still 2 months of Mondays until The Voice and Smash arrive…
CWGOSSIP GIRL has clearly jumped the shark with a 0.6, low even by CW standards.  (We’ll see if the car crash that ended the midseason finale brings people back in January.)  However, HART OF DIXIE is finding an audience, again significantly up from its lead-in.
Tonight is another December hodgepodge, with repeats on CBS against new episodes on FOX, while ABC throws Middle and Suburgatory reruns into the Dancing With the Stars Results slot, and NBC regales us with a Michael Buble Christmas special for our sins.

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."