December 26, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Salem

>Not surprisingly, on Christmas night America just wanted its football (and a little basketball).

NBC: The network had a solid game with 2 marquee teams (Green Bay vs. Chicago) and zero new competition, and the result was its best rating in weeks.

ABC: The high point for the ratings evening was the overrun from the late afternoon segment of Sunday’s NBA opening day. After that, a double feature of the original and Jim Carrey versions of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS couldn’t do better than a 1.1 after 8:30PM (the 1.7 at 8PM may be adjusted in final numbers due to basketball).

CBS: Everything on this night of repeats was below a 1.0.

FOX: Triumph! From 9-10PM, these repeats made it all the way to 1.0.

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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."