December 21, 2012



The X Factor cycle finale dominated a night of specials and reruns.

FOX:  X FACTOR‘s 3.1 was down a substantial 0.7 from the last cycle finale, but was still enough to win on a weak holiday season night.

ABC:  The night started with 1.4 for yet another Charlie Brown special, then the CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS special only managed 1.4, down 0.7 from last year’s installment.

NBC:  A WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS was better than most of NBC’s Thursday 8PM programming this season with 1.6.  That was followed by 1.0/0.8 for repeats of THE OFFICE and PARKS AND RECREATION, and 0.8 for ROCK CENTER.

CBS:  After 2.9/2.3 for an hour of BIG BANG THEORY/2 1/2 MEN  repeats, drama repeats of PERSON OF INTEREST and ELEMENTARY were at 1.7/1.3.

CW:  In rerun mode at 0.3 for both VAMPIRE DIARIES and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

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."