RATINGS NOTES: Big Shots' rating fell 30% since it last aired. That's what happens when you take a show out of its timeslot for 3 weeks. Way to build an audience, ABC. Thursday's Don't Forget The Lyrics rating is what happens when CSI and Grey's Anatomy both show reruns the same week. I have no idea why it didn't help NBC's shows though. Next Great American Band needs to die. The only time The CW beats one of the Big 4 is when Smackdown is on against NGAB and when American's Next Top Model airs against Kid Nation. It's been 4 weeks since Cavemen and Carpoolers aired. Both were supposed to have 7 episodes taped before the strike (6 have aired of each). I'm going to consider them cancelled until we hear otherwise. Specials last week include Shrek The Halls (a monster 11 overall, 7.2 18-49), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (9.4 & 6.8), Christmas in Rockefeller Center (6.0 & 2.0), The Polar Express (5.7 & 3.1), My Night At The Grammys (4.2 & 1.7, Green Day was inexplicably #1), Jess Stone: Sea Change (1.1 in 18-49), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (1.2 in 18-49), the BCS Selection Show (6.9 & 4.3), and Pictures of Hollis Woods (7.4 & 2.1).
THIS WEEK IN EPISODIC TV: Heroes, Friday Night Lights, Las Vegas and Life have their last new episode (what they're calling the fall finale) this week. Life's finale comes after having a special episode air Monday night, and then the finale airs in the normal slot on Wednesday. Apparently NBC's plan starting next week is show Deal or No Deal at every available opportunity. ABC has moved the Charlie Brown movie to Monday nights. Apparently I was wrong about Dance War. That doesn't start until sometime in January. Beauty and the Geek has its season finale this Tuesday. Don't Forget The Lyrics and Next Great American Band have switched timeslots.
THE WEEK IN SPECIALS: Monday on ABC: A Charlie Brown Christmas, again. Tuesday on ABC: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Tuesday on CBS: The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. I would have really enjoyed this when I was 14. But now I have the internet. Wednesday on ABC: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Thursday on ABC: Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2007. Rumor has it that the top 10 will include David & Victoria Beckham, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson, Katherine Heigl, Bill Clinton, and MySpace founders Tom Anderson & Chris DeWolfe. Tom is not my friend. Friday on CBS: Frosty the Snowman, Frosty Returns, and Movies Rock! A Celebration of Music & Film. Saturday on ABC: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (the Jim Carrey version) Sunday on ABC: Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day
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Thanks for taking the time to write this up every week, Boffo. The only place I know to get the ratings is in the USAToday every Wednesday, and I haven't picked it up in a while. I've always been interested in the ratings aspect of shows, so I appreciate the time you take to do this every week.
HitFX says 4.3 million viewers, up 8% from last year. Though I think this still happens even if ratings weren't up; Justified has reached signature status for the network, it's going to be around as long as the creators want it around.