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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable
series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

6:20 PM:
War Horse movie Showtime 2

6:50 PM:
Beautiful Creatures movie on HBO2

7:30 PM:
Jumping the Broom movie on Fox Movie Channel

8 PM:
Almost Human on FOX (Reair)
Major Crimes on TNT (Reair)
Catch a Christmas Star movie on Hallmark (Reair)
Practical Magic movie on TV Guide Network

9 PM:
Major Crimes on TNT (NEW)
Sleepy Hollow on FOX (Reair)
Game of Thrones on HBO Signature (Reair)
A Cinderella Story movie on ABC Family

10 PM:
Castle on ABC (Reair)
Elementary on CBS (Reair)
Rizzoli & Isles on TNT (Reair)
Game of Thrones on HBO Signature (Reair)
The Christmas Song movie on Hallmark
Practical Magic movie on TV Guide Network

10:01 PM:
The Blacklist on NBC (Reair)

Enjoy!

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Assets

On January 2, the eight-part limited series The Assets will debut on ABC at 10 PM.

This mini-series is based on the real life events of CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker from the BBC mini Broadchurch). The year 1985 serves as the backdrop to the final showdown of the Cold War when Sandy and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter from Babel) vowed to find the mole who would turn out to be the most notorious traitor in US History, Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys from Borgia). Sandy is in a race against time to save the Soviet intelligence officers from being caught and killed. Living her own double life at home, this beautiful wife and mother vowed to stop at nothing until she uncovered the truth.

Here is the trailer for The Assets.

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The following list highlights the actors and actresses on television and on the big screen who really caught viewers’ attention throughout this year. They appear in no particular order:

Travis Fimmel

Travis Fimmel

1. Travis Fimmel – Travis isn’t a newcomer to television, as he starred in the short-lived shows Tarzan and The Beast (with the late Patrick Swayze) and before that he was a Calvin Klein model, but it was his lead role of Ragnar Lothbrok in the History Channel mini-series Vikings that caught viewers by surprise. He will appear in next year’s box office film Overdrive with Twilight franchise alum Jamie Campbell Bower and is rumored to have a role in the film adaptation of the video game series Warcraft.

Ambyr Childers

Ambyr Childers

2. Ambyr Childers – The All My Children alum who played Colby Chandler for two years made waves in the much-buzzed-about box office film The Master, starring alongside Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix. She also had a leading role in the 2010 Mexican horror film remake We Are What We Are and she had small roles in the 2013 films 2 Guns, Broken City and Gangster Squad. She also appeared in two episodes of this year’s new Showtime drama Ray Donovan.

Anthony Starr

Anthony Starr

3. Anthony Starr – This New Zealand actor landed the lead role of Lucas Hood in the Cinemax drama Banshee. Prior to that he appeared in the New Zealand shows Mercy Peak and Outrageous Fortune as well as the Australian shows Rush, Tricky Business and Lowdown. He also appeared in the 2012 independent film Wish You Were Here alongside Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer.

Ahna O'Reilly

Ahna O’Reilly

4. Ahna O’Reilly – Ahna appeared in an episode of CSI: NY and The Vampire Diaries and the made-for-TV movie Call Me Crazy: A Five Film as well as small roles in the box office films Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Help and Fruitvale Station. But, it was her role of Chris Ann Brennan in the Ashton Kutcher-led film jOBS that got her attention. She will also be seen in the upcoming box office films CBGB, Lucky Them and As I Lay Dying.

Avan Jogia

Avan Jogia

5. Avan Jogia – The Canadian actor got his first big break in the 2006 made-for-TV movie A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story and then he appeared in three episodes of the short-lived Caprica. In 2010, he was a series regular on the Nickelodeon teen comedy-drama Victorious before landing the lead role on the ABC Family mystery thriller Twisted.

Matthias Schoenaerts

Matthias Schoenaerts

6. Matthias Schoenaerts – Matthias has a long resume of roles throughout Europe, but it was his appearance in 2012 independent film Rust and Bone alongside Marion Cotillard that turned heads. He will next be seen in the box office films Animal Rescue with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, Suite Francaise with Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas, The Loft with Karl Urban, Rhona Mitra, James Marsden and Wentworth Miller, A Little Chaos with Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Stanley Tucci and Far From The Maddening Crowd with Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen and Juno Temple.

Emily Bett Rickards

Emily Bett Rickards

7. Emily Bett Rickards – This Canadian newcomer quickly became a fan-favorite on The CW series Arrow in her role of IT expert Felicity Smoak, a role that was made her a series regular in the show’s ongoing second season. Before landing a role on Arrow, though, Emily appeared in the Lifetime made-for-TV movie Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story and the direct to DVD movie Flicka: Country Pride. She will also be seen in the independent film Dakota’s Summer, co-starring with Keith Carradine.

Sharni Vinson

Sharni Vinson

8. Sharni Vinson – The Australian beauty turned heads in the horror comedy You’re Next, but she got her start on the long-running Australian soap opera Home and Away and has appeared in episodes of CSI: NY, Cold Case and NCIS. She also appeared in the 2010 film Step Up 3D and the 2011 direct to DVD sequel Blue Crush 2. She is also expected to be part of the buzzed-about all-female Expendables project from producer Adi Shankar that already includes among its cast Katee Sackhoff and Gina Carano.

Aneurin Barnard

Aneurin Barnard

9. Aneurin Barnard – While Aneurin originated the role of Melchior Gabor in the London West End production of the hit musical Spring Awakening and he appeared alongside Doctor Who alum Karen Gillan in the BBC film We’ll Take Manhattan, it was his role of Richard, Duke of Gloucester in the Starz mini-series The White Queen that got him noticed. He will soon be seen alongside Michael Sheen, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd and Lena Headey in the box office film The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box.

Liam James

Liam James

10. Liam James – TV viewers will recognize Liam as Young Shawn on the long-running US Network dramedy Psych in which he appeared from 2006 to 2010, and as Noah Curtis in the box office film 2012. But it was his role of Duncan in this summer’s critically acclaimed film The Way, Way Back that got him noticed. He also appeared in the 2010 made-for-TV movie Christmas Comes to Canaan and the AMC drama The Killing.

Cristin Milioti

Cristin Milioti

11. Cristin Milioti – Typically, I avoid TV comedies, but the casting of [FINALLY] “The Mother” on How I Met Your Mother was big news. Cristin landed the much-wondered-about role after years of speculation as to who was The Mother. Among her previous credits are appearances on TV shows like The Sopranos, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie and 30 Rock as well as originating the role of Girl in the Broadway musical Once for which she earned a Tony nomination. Up next is a role in the box office film The Wolf of Wall Street alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.

Tom Mison

Tom Mison

12. Tom Mison – As most TV viewers know by now, Tom plays the unexpected time-traveling fictional character Ichabod Crane in the FOX thriller Sleepy Hollow that became the, excuse the pun, sleeper hit of the fall. Prior to his role in this series, he appeared in the pilot episode of Secret Diary of a Call Girl and the BBC shows The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard, Inspector Lewis and Poirot. He also had a role in the mini-series Parade’s End and the box office films Lost in Austen, One Day and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o

13. Lupita Nyong’o – Her first role (ever – outside of stage production) was as Patsey in the acclaimed 2013 film 12 Years a Slave, a role she landed three weeks before graduating from the Yale School of Drama. Lupita was born in Mexico but raised in Kenya and educated here in the US. She will next be seen in the Liam Neeson-led box office film Non-Stop. Her stage work includes The Winter’s Tale, Uncle Vanya, The Taming of the Shrew and Elijah.

Also, there were two groups of people (from film and TV) that got quite a lot of attention during the past year and they include:

The Cast of The Sapphires

The Cast of The Sapphires

1. The Cast of the indie film The Sapphires – Irish actor-comedian Chris O’Dowd (Girls, Bridesmaids and Family Tree), played Dave Lovelace, a talent scout who discovers four talented Aboriginal girls – Gail (Deborah Mailman), Julie (Jessica Mauboy), Kay (Shari Sebbens) and Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell) – making them into The Sapphires and setting off to Vietnam in 1968 to perform for the troops.

The Unholy Trinity of The Following

The Unholy Trinity of The Following

2. The “Unholy Trinity” from The Following – Actor Adan Canto and Nico Tortorella and actress Valorie Curry starred in the first season of the disturbing FOX thriller The Following as what became to be known as the “Unholy Trinity” (Paul, Emma and Jacob) of serial killer Dr. Joe Carroll (James Purefoy).

Who are some of the new faces from this year who caught your attention either on television or in film? Please share.

TOMORROW: New Faces of 2014

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

5:30 PM:
Ocean’s Eleven movie on TNT

6:45 PM:
The Bourne Legacy movie on HBO Signature

7:10 PM:
The Terminator movie on More Max

7:30 PM:
Call the Midwife Holiday Special on PBS (DEBUT)

7:45 PM:
The Little Mermaid (animated) movie on ABC Family

8 PM:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone movie on ABC
Sherlock Holmes movie on TNT

8:30 PM:
Message in a Bottle movie on TV Guide Network

9 PM:
Downton Abbey on PBS (Reair)
Game of Thrones on HBO Signature (Reair)
Wanted movie on FXX

9:30 PM:
The Princess Diaries movie on ABC Family

9:40 PM:
Born on the Fourth of July movie on TMC

10 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO Signature (Reair)
Awkward. on MTV (Reair)
The Christmas Spirit movie on Hallmark (Reair)

Enjoy!

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Television ratings are, of course, a crucial part of every TV season, making or breaking a new series or keeping an existing series on the air. And while the networks, and the all-important advertisers, prefer to look only at specific demographic ratings – namely among them the 18 to 34 year olds – I don’t agree with the “younger viewers are more important” philosophy.

That age group may be important because the networks and advertisers want the “young” watching their shows and buying their products, but it is actually the viewers over 40 who make the real difference. It’s just a shame that the networks and advertisers can’t see that.

In an effort to focus only on the overall viewership (typically the millions of viewers who watched each show) of the major and cable network dramas, the following lists are a breakdown of the entire year.

Each section below will feature a list of all the dramas (and dramas only) from highest to lowest rated and a brief explanation of the time period for which each list covers.

Let’s get started!!

The first list is the major network dramas that aired from January through May 2013, covering the last half of 2012-2013 TV season:

NCIS (CBS) – 19.4 million
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) -15.5 million
Person of Interest (CBS) – 13.4 million
Blue Bloods (CBS) – 10.7 million
Elementary (CBS) – 10.5 million
Castle (ABC) – 10.2 million
CSI (CBS) – 10.2 million
Criminal Minds (CBS) – 10.1 million
CSI: NY (CBS) – 9.7 million *
The Mentalist (CBS) – 9.5 million
The Good Wife (CBS) – 9.3 million
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) – 8.7 million
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 8.6 million
Vegas (CBS) – 8.5 million *
Golden Boy (CBS) – 8.3 million *
Scandal (ABC) – 8.2 million
The Following (FOX) – 7.9 million
Body of Proof (ABC) – 7.9 million *
Once Upon a Time (ABC) – 7.5 million
Bones (FOX) – 7.3 million
Chicago Fire (NBC) – 6.8 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) – 6.4 million
Revolution (NBC) – 6.3 million
Glee (FOX) – 6.1 million
Nashville (ABC) – 5.6 million
Revenge (ABC) – 5.6 million
Zero Hour (ABC) – 5.5 million *
Last Resort (ABC) – 5.4 million *
Grimm (NBC) – 5.2 million
Parenthood (NBC) – 5.1 million
Private Practice (ABC) – 4.4 million *
Red Widow (ABC) – 4.1 million *
Deception (NBC) – 3.6 million *
Arrow (The CW) – 3 million
Hannibal (NBC) – 2.9 million
The Mob Doctor (FOX) – 2.9 million *
Do No Harm (NBC) – 2.7 million *
Smash (NBC) – 2.5 million *
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – 2.5 million
Supernatural (The CW) – 2.2 million
Touch (FOX) – 2.2 million *
Fringe (FOX) – 1.9 million *
Beauty And the Beast (The CW) – 1.5 million
Emily Owens, M.D. (The CW) – 1.3 million *
The Carrie Diaries (The CW) – 1.3 million
Nikita (The CW) – 1.3 million
Hart of Dixie (The CW) – 1.2 million
Cult (The CW) – 759,000 viewers *
90210 (The CW) – 596,000 viewers *

* denotes all those shows that have since been cancelled or came to a planned ending

The second list covers all of the cable network dramas from that same time period – January through May – and just a little into June:

The Walking Dead (AMC) – 11.4 million
The Bible (5-part limited series on History Channel) – 11.4 million
Downton Abbey (PBS) – 8.5 million (approximate)
Game of Thrones (HBO) – 5 million
Vikings (9-part limited series on History Channel) – 4.3 million
Suits (USA Network) – 3.3 million
Bates Motel (FX) – 2.8 million
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) – 2.7 million
Psych (USA Network) – 2.6 million
Mad Men (AMC) – 2.5 million
Dallas (TNT) – 2.5 million
Army Wives (Lifetime) – 2.5 million *
Justified (FX) – 2.4 million
American Horror Story: Asylum (FX) – 2.3 million
White Collar (USA Network) – 2.3 million
The Client List (Lifetime) – 2.1 million *
Necessary Roughness (USA Network) – 2.1 million
Defiance (Syfy) – 1.9 million
The Americans (FX) – 1.8 million
Switched at Birth (ABC Family) – 1.7 million
Merlin (Syfy) – 1.5 million *
Monday Mornings (TNT) – 1.4 million *
Southland (TNT) – 1.4 million *
Haven (Syfy) – 1.4 million
Warehouse 13 (Syfy) – 1.4 million
The Lying Game (ABC Family) – 1.3 million *
Doctor Who (BBC America) – 1.2 million (approximate)
Bunheads (ABC Family) – 1.1 million *
Being Human (Syfy) – 1.1 million
The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family) – 1 million *
Continuum (Syfy) – 1 million
Spartacus (Starz) – 1 million *
Lost Girl (Syfy) – 989,000 viewers
The Borgias (Showtime) – 569,000 viewers *
Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz) – 518,000 viewers
Banshee (Cinemax) – 445,000 viewers
Orphan Black (BBC America) – 417,000 viewers

* denotes all those shows that have since been cancelled or came to a planned ending

The third list covers all of the dramas that aired on both the major and cable networks over the summer, specifically from late May to approximately mid-September:

Under the Dome (CBS) – 10.9 million
Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) – 5.7 million
Rookie Blue (ABC) – 5.5 million
Major Crimes (TNT) – 4.9 million
Motive (ABC) – 4.8 million
True Blood (HBO) – 4.2 million
Mistresses (ABC) – 4 million
Longmire (A&E) – 3.8 million
Royal Pains (USA Network) – 3.5 million
Perception (TNT) – 3.5 million
Falling Skies (TNT) – 3.1 million
King & Maxwell (TNT) – 3.1 million *
Suits (USA Network) – 2.9 million
The Glades (A&E) – 2.6 million *
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) – 2.6 million
Devious Maids (Lifetime) – 2.5 million
Covert Affairs (USA Network) – 2.5 million
Necessary Roughness (USA Network) – 2.5 million *
Dexter (Showtime) – 2.4 million *
Burn Notice (USA Network) – 2.3 million *
Hit the Floor (VH1) – 2.2 million
Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) – 2.2 million
Graceland (USA Network) – 2.2 million
Cedar Cove (Hallmark) – 2.1 million (average)
Franklin & Bash (TNT) – 1.9 million
Teen Wolf (MTV) – 1.9 million
Zero Hour (ABC) – 1.9 million *
666 Park Avenue (ABC) – 1.9 million *
The Haves and Have Nots (Oxygen) – 1.8 million
The Fosters (ABC Family) – 1.8 million
The Bridge (FX) – 1.8 million
Switched at Birth (ABC Family) – 1.8 million
Do No Harm (NBC) – 1.7 million *
Ray Donovan (Showtime) – 1.5 million
Twisted (ABC Family) – 1.5 million
The Killing (AMC) – 1.2 million *
Continuum (Syfy) – 1.2 million
Primeval: New World (Syfy) – 900,000 viewers *
Sinbad (Syfy) – 844,000 viewers *
Cult (The CW) – 563,000 viewers *
Magic City (Starz) – 457,000 viewers *
Being Human (BBC America) – 108,000 viewers *

* denotes all those shows that have since been cancelled or came to a planned ending

The fourth list covers the cable network dramas that aired from approximately August to mid-December:

The Walking Dead (AMC) – 11.6 million
Sons of Anarchy (FX) – 4.5 million
American Horror Story: Coven (FX) – 4.2 million
Major Crimes (TNT) – 4 million (approximate) **
Pretty Little Liars [Halloween Episode] (ABC Family) – 3.2 million
White Collar (USA Network) – 2.3 million
Boardwalk Empire (HBO) – 2.1 million
Homeland (Showtime) – 2 million
Covert Affairs (USA Network) – 1.9 million
Hell on Wheels (AMC) – 1.9 million
Haven (Syfy) – 1.5 million
Mob City (3-part limited series) (TNT) – 1.7 million
Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) – 1.7 million
Witches of East End (Lifetime) – 1.7 million
Ravenswood (ABC Family) – 1.3 million
Masters of Sex (Showtime) – 1.1 million
Low Winter Sun (AMC) – 1.1 million *
The White Queen (Starz) – 831,000 viewers
Strike Back (Cinemax) – 400 viewers (approximate)
Atlantis (BBC America) – 398,000 viewers (approximate) ***
Strike Back: Origins (Cinemax) – 198,000 viewers (approximate)

* denotes all those shows that have since been cancelled or came to a planned ending

** Major Crimes aired two episodes on December 23 and December 29, but those ratings could not be factored in to this list.

*** Atlantis aired one final episode in 2013 on December 28, but that rating could not be factored in to this list.

The fifth and final list covers all of the major network dramas that aired during the first half of the 2013-2014 TV season, covering September to approximately mid-December:

NCIS (CBS) – 19 million
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – 14.7 million
Person of Interest (CBS) – 12.1 million
The Blacklist (NBC) – 11.3 million
Castle (ABC) – 11.1 million
Criminal Minds (CBS) – 11.1 million
Blue Bloods (CBS) – 10.9 million
CSI (CBS) – 9.8 million
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) – 9.4 million
The Good Wife (CBS) – 9.4 million
The Mentalist (CBS) – 9.2 million
Scandal (ABC) – 9.1 million
Elementary (CBS) – 9 million
Chicago Fire (NBC) – 8.2 million
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) – 7.9 million
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 7.9 million
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) – 7.5 million
Once Upon a Time (ABC) – 7.1 million
Bones (FOX) – 7 million
Almost Human (FOX) – 6.6 million
Revenge (ABC) – 6.2 million
Nashville (ABC) – 5.7 million
Ironside (NBC) – 5.6 million (only 3 episodes aired) *
Grimm (NBC) – 5.5 million
Revolution (NBC) – 5.4 million
Hostages (ABC) – 5.2 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) – 5 million
Glee (FOX) – 4.5 million
Parenthood (NBC) – 4.2 million
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC) – 4.1 million
Lucky 7 (ABC) – 3.7 million (only 2 episodes aired) *
Betrayal (ABC) -3.6 million
Dracula (NBC) – 3.6 million
Arrow (The CW) – 2.8 million
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – 2.5 million
Supernatural (The CW) – 2.3 million
The Originals (The CW) – 2.2 million
The Tomorrow People (The CW) – 1.8 million
Reign (The CW) – 1.8 million
Hart of Dixie (The CW) – 1.1 million
Beauty And the Beast (The CW) – 866,000 viewers
The Carrie Diaries (The CW) – 839,000 viewers
Nikita (The CW) – 773,000 viewers *

* denotes all those shows that have since been cancelled or came to a planned ending

The final analyses of all these ratings for both the major and cable networks for the entire year are as follows:

1. CBS remains the number one most watched network with NCIS and its spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles, once again, being the highest rated dramas for the entire year of 2013. The network also had the most dramas in the top 20 over all of the other networks;

2. The top new drama of the fall season goes to NBC with The Blacklist. The FOX drama Sleepy Hollow hasn’t reached double digit numbers, but it is the most-buzzed-about new drama of the fall season; and to the surprise of many The CW series Reign is actually pulling in better than expected ratings;

3. Castle is still the top rated drama over at ABC, but Scandal is closing in fast. Also, the much-hyped Joss Whedon series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was expected to be the ratings darling of the fall, but that just has not happened;

4. NBC has had success with its reality programming (for the most part), but is suffering greatly with its comedies and can only crow over the undeniable success of The Blacklist, but it is the little-talked-about Chicago Fire that is really making waves and should get far more credit than it has to date;

5. FOX is having another less-than-banner year – despite the appeal of Sleepy Hollow – and while the long-running drama Bones finally provided fans with the wedding of its titular characters, the ratings for its few dramas just aren’t there;

6. The CW has seen its returning dramas Beauty And the Beast, The Carrie Diaries and the final season of Nikita all crumble in the ratings, in all three cases drastically; and the hoped-for-success of the UK remake of The Tomorrow People being the next Arrow just hasn’t happened either. However, Arrow is still going strong, Supernatural has had yet another resurgence and the new dramas The Originals and Reign are both pulling in great numbers;

7. In the cable world, its reigning king – The Walking Dead on AMC – is the show that is still going strong; and on the opposite spectrum the History Channel limited series The Bible pulled in far greater numbers than anyone could have prophesized. CBS was also able to add yet another hit series to its line-up, albeit a summer series, in the form of the Stephen King inspired drama Under the Dome. And, Downton Abbey continues to bring in more and more viewers for PBS with each new season.

But wait there is one last list. The following list, which is very lengthy, covers all of the made-for-TV movies, mini-series and specials that aired during 2013 on both the major and cable networks for which ratings could be tracked down:

The Sound of Music (3-Hour LIVE Presentation) – 18.5 million
Bonnie & Clyde (2-night event on A&E, History and Lifetime) – 9.8 million (first night)
Teen Beach Movie (Disney) – 8.4 million
Bonnie & Clyde (2-night event on A&E, History and Lifetime) – 7.4 million (second night)
Remember Sunday (ABC) – 6.8 million
Christmas in Conway (ABC) – 6.5 million
The Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney) – 5.9 million
The Makeover (ABC) – 5.2 million
Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story (VH1) – 4.5 million
A Very Merry Mix-Up (Hallmark) – 4.3 million
The Christmas Ornament (Hallmark) – 4.3 million
Let It Snow (Hallmark) – 4.2 million
Being Mary Jane (BET) – 4 million
Catch a Christmas Star (Hallmark) – 3.9 million
Fir Crazy (Hallmark) – 3.8 million
Window Wonderland (Hallmark) – 3.7 million
Killing Lincoln (National Geographic) – 3.4 million
Snow Bride (Hallmark) – 3.4 million
The Christmas Spirit (Hallmark) – 3.4 million
Killing Kennedy (National Geographic) – 3.4 million
Prosecuting Casey Anthony (Lifetime) – 3.3 million
Anna Nicole (Lifetime) – 3.3 million
The Thanksgiving House (Hallmark) – 3.2 million
Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret (Lifetime) – 3.1 million
Santa Switch (Hallmark) – 3 million
Christmas on the Bayou (Lifetime) – 3 million
Twists of Faith (Lifetime) – 2.9 million
Second Chances (Hallmark) – 2.8 million
The Good Witch’s Destiny (Hallmark) – 2.8 million
Christmas in the City (Lifetime) – 2.6 million
Holidaze (ABC Family) – 2.6 million
A Country Christmas Story (Lifetime) – 2.5 million
Doctor Who Christmas EpisodeThe Time of the Doctor” (BBC America) – 2.5 million
Behind the Candelabra (HBO) – 2.4 million
Finding Christmas (Hallmark) – 2.4 million
Doctor WhoThe Day of the Doctor” [50th Anniversary Special] (BBC America) – 2.4 million
Garage Sale Mystery (Hallmark) – 2.3 million
An Amish Murder (Lifetime) – 2.2 million
Betty & Coretta (Lifetime) – 2.2 million
Psych: The Musical Episode (USA Network) – 2.2 million
Pastor Brown (Lifetime) – 2.1 million
A Snow Globe Christmas (Lifetime) – 2.1 million
Ring of Fire (Lifetime) – 2.1 million
Baby Sellers (Lifetime) – 2.1 million
Dear Secret Santa (Lifetime) – 2.1 million
Be My Valentine (Hallmark) – 2 million
The Sweeter Side of Life (Hallmark) – 2 million
Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story (Lifetime) – 2 million
End of the World (Syfy) – 1.9 million
All I Want for Christmas (ION) – 1.9 million
The Challenger Disaster (simulcast on Science and Discovery) – 1.9 million
Tasmanian Devil (Syfy) – 1.8 million
Escape from Polygamy (Lifetime) – 1.8 million
A Sister’s Nightmare (Lifetime) – 1.8 million
Taken: The Search for Sophie Parker (Lifetime) – 1.8 million
Christmas Belle (ION) – 1.8 million
Sins of the Preacher (Lifetime) – 1.7 million
The Twelve Trees of Christmas (Lifetime) – 1.7 million
Missing at 17 (Lifetime) – 1.7 million
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Hallmark) – 1.7 million
Gone Missing (Lifetime) – 1.7 million
The Husband She Met Online (Lifetime) – 1.6 million
Hidden Away (Lifetime) – 1.6 million
The Good Mother (Lifetime) – 1.6 million
Beast of the Bering Sea (Syfy) – 1.5 million
Reading, Writing & Romance (Hallmark) – 1.5 million
The Cheating Pact (Lifetime) – 1.5 million
Beverly Lewis’ The Confession (Hallmark) – 1.5 million
Battledogs (Syfy) – 1.5 million
A Mother’s Rage (Lifetime) – 1.5 million
Abominable Snowman (Syfy) – 1.5 million
Chupacabra vs. The Alamo (Syfy) – 1.5 million
Stonados (Syfy) – 1.5 million
Pete’s Christmas (Hallmark) – 1.5 million
Kristin’s Christmas Past (Lifetime) – 1.4 million
The Surrogate (Lifetime) – 1.4 million
Robocroc (Syfy) – 1.4 million
Sharknado (Syfy) – 1.4 million
Banner 4th of July (Hallmark) – 1.4 million
Lovestruck: The Musical (ABC Family) – 1.4 million
A Sister’s Revenge (Lifetime) – 1.3 million
Grave Halloween (Syfy) – 1.3 million
Notes from Dad (Hallmark) – 1.3 million
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (Lifetime) – 1.3 million
Nearlyweds (Hallmark) – 1.3 million
Invasion Roswell (Syfy) – 1.2 million
Dangerous Intuition (Lifetime) – 1.2 million
Into the Dark (Lifetime) – 1.2 million
Zombie Night (Syfy) – 1.1 million
Deadly Spa (Lifetime) – 1.1 million
Rajin’ Cajun Redneck Gators (Syfy) – 1.1 million
Shadow on the Mesa (Hallmark Movie Channel) – 1.1 million
Restless Virgins (Lifetime) – 1.1 million
Our Wild Hearts (Hallmark Movie Channel) – 1.1 million
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (Syfy) – 1.1 million
Goodnight for Justice: The Queen of Hearts (Hallmark Movie Channel) – 1 million
Stalkers (Lifetime) – 983,000 viewers
Over/Under (USA Network) – 921,000 viewers
Tom, Dick & Harriet (Hallmark) – 855,000 viewers
Christmas Bounty (ABC Family) – 828,000 viewers
Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story (Hallmark) – 706,000 viewers
Mary & Martha (HBO) – 552,000 viewers
Space Warriors (Hallmark) – 479,000 viewers
Dear Dumb Diary (Hallmark) – 259,000 viewers
Parade’s End (4-part mini-series HBO) – 177,000 viewers (average)

What shows, made-for-TV movies, mini-series and/or specials have you enjoyed the most throughout the year? Please share.

FINAL NOTE: Please note that I do not include DVR ratings, online viewership (et al) because those numbers – while helpful for the networks to know just how many people are actually watching their shows – are not seen as essential because none of these viewing options provide advertising money or at least not enough to really make a difference.

TOMORROW: Faces of 2013

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TV Ratings

We are at a close of the TV season for this year and here is how the one sole show that aired a new episode on the major networks fared in the overall ratings last night:

9 PM Show:
Nikita (The CW) [NEW – Series Finale] – 81,000 viewers

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Based on information provided by the Box Office Mojo, Dark Horizons and some internet research, here are just some of the movies you can expect to see in the movie theatres in January:

The Best Offer
Opens: January 3

Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush) is a solitary, cultured man whose reluctance to engage with others, especially women, is matched only by the dogged obsessiveness with which he practices his profession as a high-end antiques dealer. One day Virgil receives a phone call from a mysterious young heiress, Claire, who asks him to evaluate some family works of art. It will be the beginning of a relationship that will change his life forever. The cast includes Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland.

Hercules: The Legend Begins
Opens: January 10

In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules (Kellan Lutz of the Twilight Saga), knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe (newcomer Gaia Weiss), Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The cast includes Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do) and Rade Serbedzija (Red Widow).

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Opens: January 17

Jack Ryan (Chris Pine), as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack. The cast also includes Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley and Colm Feore.

The Nut Job
Opens: January 17

This animated film is set in fictional Oakton, following the travails of Surly (Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut-store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a complicated adventure. Additional voices will be provided by Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Stephen Lang, Katherine Heigl, Sarah Gadon and Maya Rudolph.

Gimme Shelter
Opens: January 24

Street-wise, and only 16 years old, Apple (Vanessa Hudgens) has never had an easy life. Her mother, June Bailey (Rosario Dawson), an addict and prostitute, is verbally and physically abusive, and is grooming her daughter to follow in her footsteps. Apple knows the streets, alleys and motels like the back of her hand but wants more from her life. Apple runs away from her mother and tracks down her father whom she has never known, as he was only 19 when he got Apple’s mother pregnant. Apple begs her now Wall Street Broker father, Tom Fitzpatrick (Brendan Fraser), to take her in. In the few days under her father’s care, she learns she’s become pregnant by a kid from the streets she met on the train, who now wants nothing to do with her. She is forced to leave her father’s home because of her choice to give birth to the baby she is carrying. Apple runs away again, and is eventually taken under the wing of Father McCarthy (James Earl Jones), the chaplain of the local hospital after almost getting herself killed. He offers to let Apple live at a shelter for pregnant young women run by a spiritual woman named Kathy (Ann Dowd). It is here that Apple begins to tentatively interact with the other girls who are in the same predicament as she gradually begins to make a family for herself.

I, Frankenstein
Opens: January 24

Frankenstein’s monster, named Adam (Aaron Eckhart), having taken the surname of his creator, becomes involved in a war between two immortal clans in an ancient city. The cast includes Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck and Dexter), Miranda Otto and Jai Courtney.

Labor Day
Opens: January 31

Set in 1987 over the late summer holiday weekend, the film opens with divorced, depressed single mom Adele (Kate Winslet) clothes shopping with her 13-year-old son, Henry. They encounter a large, fearsome man who is bleeding badly, and against all judgment, they give him a ride to their home. The injured man is in fact an escaped convict from the local prison, and as the police search narrows, the mother and son gradually learn his true story and their options become more and more limited. The cast includes Josh Brolin, Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons and James Van Der Beek.

Movies coming out in February will be posted at the end of January.

Enjoy!

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