December 19, 2012


The Voice hasn’t run out of steam just yet.

NBC:  The cycle finale of THE VOICE hit a 4.9, way up from last week and even more impressively, up half a point from last spring’s finale.  Even a rerun of the previous night’s episode at 8PM managed a 2.4, in 2d place for its hour.  NBC will miss those numbers badly until mid-March, when the series returns.

ABC:  The airwaves have seemed inundated with Charlie Brown this holiday season, and yet another run of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS had a 1.7, only 3d place at 8PM.  The rest of the night was stable:  slight increases for HAPPY ENDINGS (1.3) and DON’T TRUST THE B— (1.1), along with a flat 1.2 for PRIVATE PRACTICE.

CBS:  With a rerun Voice at 8PM, NCIS jumped half a point to 3.3, easily winning its hour.  That perked NCIS LA up 0.3 to 2.9.  The effect didn’t last, however, as VEGAS was up just a tick to 1.6.

FOX:  Rerun sitcoms were 0.6-1.0, although it’s worth noting that the highest rated of the bunch was RAISING HOPE, usually nowhere near the lead on Tuesdays.

CW:  A VERY MUPPET CHRISTMAS had a 0.5, the same as the network’s normal programming tends to do.

Aside from a new CHICAGO FIRE on NBC and X FACTOR on FOX, the night is all reruns and specials:  a Katie Couric news round-up on ABC, a Rascal Flatts music special on CBS, and the MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT on NBC.

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."