It's a Wonderful Life
More than 5.5 million people tuned in to the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life on NBC Christmas Eve, marking it the biggest audience for Frank Capra's 1946 film in seven years.
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani
ABC claimed a rare Tuesday victory, powered by the season finale of Dancing with the Stars.
The two-hour All-Stars closer drew ...
The two-hour finale of The Sing-Off plummeted 37 percent in the coveted demo from a year ago and some 20 percent in viewership. Instead, people got into the holiday spirit by watching the umpteenth showings of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Shrek the Halls on ABC in the first hour of Cyber Monday's prime time.
Taking advantage of the networks' post-sweeps lull, TNT roars back in a big way this week, with tonight's winter return (for five episodes) of its two biggest hits, The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles, and starting Tuesday for the next month, a weekly series of first-run mystery movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. (More on that later this week.)
The Closer (8/7c) and Rizzoli (9/8c) each have similar starting points for this ...
The Mentalist was no match for Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People special on Thursday.
The CBS procedural hit a series low, drawing 13.4 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic. Walters' ABC special, which featured Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the Jersey Shore cast among others, attracted...
Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy
Regular viewers have seen Jax tell Stahl: "My club finds out and I'm dead," in the introductions to a number of this season's episodes. Expect a resolution in tonight's 90-minute finale, and while Jax is unlikely to end up dead (the series has been renewed), the viperous ATF rogue (Ally Walker) does hold the whip hand. But as the episode begins, Jax, the pregnant Tara and Abel are a family, and Clay and Gemma and Opie and Lyla are experiencing something approaching domestic bliss as well while the soundtrack plays Joan Armatrading's "This Charming Life." The tune changes quickly. Hell's Angels veteran Sonny Barger has a cameo as a prisoner. — Paul Droesch
Read on for previews of Christmas at Rockefeller Center, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Shrek the Halls, Raising Hope, Strange Days with Bob Saget and Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Get ready to be Scared Shrekless on October 28, when NBC presents the green ogre's Halloween follow-up to 2007's Shrek the Halls. The half-hour episode is made up of three vignettes, much like The Simpsons' annual "Treehouse of Horror."
The story begins when ...
Always the dutiful, if fitful, sidekick, Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) gets an episode of his very own. You'll get a peek at the oncology ward, meet his staff and even see him face an ethical dilemma that doesn't involve House (though House does get involved) when he treats an old friend (Joshua Malina) whom he thought no longer needed his professional services. Meanwhile, this is the last episode of the year, so you'll have to live with its Huddy (Luddy?) developments until January.
Read on for previews of Heroes, Shrek the Halls, Hoarders and Cake Boss.
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
Monday's ratings recap:
Shrek and the Grinch gave ABC the win for the hour, averaging 11.44 million total viewers. Repeats of Big Bang ("Pants must be worn at all times in the time machine!") and Mother (each drawing over eight mil) placed second.
Chuck claimed third with 7.25 mil, gaining 10 percent on this night of lighter competition, while Sarah Connor truly seized the moment, surging 26 percent to 5.83 mil, its largest audience since Sept. 22. Gossip Girl (3.08 mil) inched up 200K from its Nov. 17 season low.
Heroes flirted with eight mil (and won the back half of the hour), gaining 100 thou week-to-week. With her flashy Dancing lead-in now gone, Samantha Who? stumbled to the tune of 43 percent, averaging just 6.8 mil across back-to-back episodes.
Prison Break (5.8 mil) added 550K, while the first of Privileged's Monday "try-outs" delivered 2.2 mil, up 40 percent from its most recent Tuesday outing.
Even opposite a CSI: Miami repeat (see news story on Khandi Alexander's return visit), Boston Legal (8.4 mil, -300K) and Worst Enemy (4.03 mil, -220K) each slipped.
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Tonight's episode is on drugs. Now that doesn't mean this show's trademark frivolity is chemically induced.
Read on for previews of Shrek the Halls, Chuck, Gossip Girl and Prison Break.