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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2013

Now that it has hit midnight, I want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year.

I hope you enjoyed your holiday celebrations and will have a great time today and throughout the first week of the New Year.


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Here is a list of the programming options to expect on TV this week:

Emily Owens, M.D. will also be back with new episodes on January 1 on The CW at 9 PM.

New episodes of Parenthood will be back on NBC on January 1 at 10 PM.

A recap special Nashville: The Whole Story will air on ABC on January 2 at 10 PM.

New episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Chicago Fire will be back on NBC on January 2 at 9 and 10 PM respectively.

Person of Interest and Elementary will be back with new episodes on CBS at 9:01 and 10:01 PM respectively on January 3.

On January 4, Merlin will air its season premiere on Syfy at 10 PM.

CSI: NY and Blue Bloods will be back with new episodes on CBS on January 4 at 9 and 10 PM respectively.

The made-for-TV movie Cold Spring will debut on Lifetime Movie Network on January 4 at 8 PM.

Also on January 4, the two-hour movie for the failed pilot Over/Under will air on the USA Network at 10 PM

Once Upon a Time and Revenge will both be back with new episodes on ABC on January 6 at 8 and 9 PM respectively.

On January 6, the PBS special Secrets of Highclere Castle (where Downton Abbey is filmed) will debut at 8 PM.

Downton Abbey will be back for an 8-part season three starting at 9 PM on PBS on January 6.

The Lifetime movie An Amish Murder will on January 6 debut at 9 PM.

Mark your calendars!

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What a complicated and unbelievable year 2012 has been for fans of television, movies, music and books. While we have all had good and bad times throughout the year, we can all rejoice in the great entertainment these medium have provided.

Have a wonderful New Year!

PS: Thank you all so very much for visiting my site. I hope you will continue to visit as often as you can.

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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:

7:30 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax

8 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
Major Crimes on TNT (Reair)
Enchanted movie on NBC
Despicable Me (animated) movie on Disney
Mistletoe Over Manhattan movie on Hallmark
Pretty Woman movie on Lifetime

8:20 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax

8:30 PM:
Avatar movie on Fox Movie Channel

9 PM:
Teen Wolf on MTV (Reair)

9:10 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax

10 PM:
Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve Special on CBS (SPECIAL)
New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly Special on NBC (SPECIAL)
Strike Back on Cinemax
Teen Wolf on MTV (Reair)
The Big C on Showtime2
Major Crimes on TNT (Reair)
Help for the Holidays movie on Hallmark (Reair)
Columbiana movie on Starz

10:30 PM:
The Big C on Showtime2


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Much like the Faces of 2012, there are always entertainers of note to be on the look-out for in the new year. With the help of some online research, here are my predictions for the faces of 2013 (in no particular order):

Meagan Good

1. Meagan Good – Meagan will star in the new NBC drama Deception, which is set to debut on January 7, and appeared in this year’s Think Like a Man box office movie. She has also appeared in episodes of Californication and such films as Biker Boyz, Deliver Us From Eva, Brick, Stomp the Yard and Jumping the Broom.

Chadwick Boseman

2. Chadwick Boseman – Chadwick will star as legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson alongside Harrison Ford in the upcoming box office film 42, but he has also appeared in the TV shows Lincoln Heights and Persons Unknown. He also had guest roles in shows like Castle, The Glades, Justified and Fringe.

Yulia Snigir

3. Yulia Snigir – Yulia is a newcomer from Russia who is set to play one of the villains in the upcoming box office film A Good Day to Die Hard alongside Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney (more on him below). Prior to her acting career, Yulia was a model and was crowned a chess master at the age of 15.

John Magaro

4. John Magaro – John will star in the film Not Fade Away, which is the directorial debut of David Chase (the man behind The Sopranos). He has also appeared in the box office films The Brave One, The Box and My Soul to Take as well as a guest role in an episode of Person of Interest. He will also appear in an upcoming film with Tom Hanks called Captain Phillips.

Alice Englert

5. Alice Englert – Newcomer Alice will star as the female lead in the book to film adaptation of Beautiful Creatures (one of the wanna-be Twilight follow-ups) and has also starred in the indie film Ginger & Rosa with Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Annette Benning.

Tom Riley

6. Tom Riley – Tom will star as Leonardo Da Vinci in the new Starz drama Da Vinci’s Demons that is set to debut next year. He also appeared in the TV movie Lost in Austen and episodes of Inspector Lewis and Agatha Christie’s Poirot.

Tatiana Maslany

7. Tatiana Maslany – Tatiana will star in the new BBC America drama Orphan Black, which will premiere next spring. She has also appeared in the TV series Instant Star, Flashpoint, Heartland, Alphas and Being Erica as well as the made-for-TV movies World Without End and The Nativity.

Alden Ehrenreich

8. Alden Ehrenreich – Newcomer Alden will have the male lead role alongside Alice Englert (see her information above) in the book to film adaptation of Beautiful Creatures and he also has a role in the as-yet untitled new Woody Allen film He also appeared in an episode of Supernatural and CSI and the horror flick Twixt.

Sarayu Rao

9. Sarayu Rao – Sarayu will star in the new TNT drama Monday Mornings from David E. Kelly that will debut on February 4. She has appeared in episodes of TV shows like Bones, Life, Hawthorne, Sons of Tucson, Harry’s Law, In Plain Sight and NCIS: Los Angeles as well as a small role in the box office film Lions for Lambs.

Jeremy Jordan

10. Jeremy Jordan – Jeremy will appear as one of the new guys on the NBC musical-drama Smash when it returns on February 5. His background is primarily in theatre, appearing in the Broadway plays Rock of Ages, West Side Story, Newsies and Bonnie & Clyde.

Eleanor Tomlinson

11. Eleanor Tomlinson – Eleanor will star alongside Nicholas Hoult in the upcoming fairytale film Jack the Giant Slayer as the kidnapped princess and she will star in the upcoming BBC One mini-series The White Queen. She also had roles in the box office films The Illusionist and Alice in Wonderland.

Jai Courtney

12. Jai Courtney – Jai will star in two big box office films next year, including A Good Day to Die Hard, as the estranged son of Bruce Willis and I, Frankenstein with Yvonne Strahovski and Aaron Eckhart. He also had a role in the TV series Spartacus: Vengeance and appears in this month’s Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise at the box office.

Adelaide Clemons

13. Adelaide Clemons – Adelaide will star in next year’s The Great Gatsby alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire and appeared in this year’s Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. She also appeared in an episode of Lie to Me and had small roles in the box office film X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the made-for-TV movie The Pacific.

Mads Mikkelsen

14. Mads Mikkelsen – Mads will star as Hannibal Lecter in the new NBC thriller Hannibal next year, but is a well-known actor in Europe. He has starred in the box office films King Arthur, Casino Royale, Clash of the Titans and The Three Musketeers.

Jemima West

15. Jemima West – Jemima will star in the much-buzzed-about book to film adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones that will be released next year and she had a small role in the TV series The Borgias. She has also appeared in various French TV shows and mini-series.

Theo James

16. Theo James – Theo will be the lead in the new CBS police drama Golden Boy that will debut in February. His other credits include a memorable role in the first season of Downton Abbey (he was Mr. Pamuk who had the one-night stand with Lady Mary that took his life) and he starred in the U.K. series Bedlam. His movie roles include The Inbetweeners Movie, the Woody Allen flick You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Underworld: Awakening, starring alongside Kate Beckinsale.

Are there any actors or actresses who you think are the faces to watch in 2013? Please share.

TOMORROW: Let’s Close Out 2012

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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:
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement movie on ABC Family

6 PM:
Hitched for the Holidays movie on Hallmark

6:45 PM:
Real Steel movie on Showtime

7 PM:
Dolphin Tale movie on HBO Family
The Rock movie on Showtime2

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

7:45 PM:
X-Men: First Class movie on Cinemax

8 PM:
NCIS on CBS (Reair)
The Lion King (animated) movie on ABC Family
The Green Mile movie on AMC
Batman Begins movie on Fox Movie Channel
Holiday Engagement movie on Hallmark
Field of Dreams movie on HBO Family

9 PM:
Downton Abbey on PBS

10 PM:
The Lion King (animated) movie on ABC Family
A Christmas Wish movie on Hallmark


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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:

Jenna-Louise Coleman

1. Jenna-Louise Coleman – Jenna is the new companion of Doctor Who on the legendary, long-running sci-fi series, appearing earlier this year in one of the final episodes featuring Amy and Rory, the Doctor most recent companions and who appeared in the Christmas Day episode. Jenna-Louise had roles in the U.K. series Emmerdale, Waterloo Road, Dancing on the Edge and Room at the Top as well as the made-for-TV movie Titanic and the box office film Captain America: The First Avenger.

Douglas Booth

2. Douglas Booth – Douglas appeared in the box office film (that ended up going straight to video) entitled LOL that starred Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore as well as roles in the mini-series The Pillars of the Earth and Great Expectations. He will appear in next year’s film adaptation of Romeo & Juliet alongside Hailee Steinfeld and the 2014 film Noah that will star Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman.

Gina Carano

3. Gina Carano – Mixed martial arts expert Gina starred in the box office movie Haywire that came out in January of this year, starring opposite Michael Fassbender, Antonio Bandares, Michael Douglas and Ewan McGregor [among others] and she will be seen in next year’s The Fast and the Furious 6, starring many of the original franchise actors as well as next year’s In the Blood alongside Cam Gigandet and Danny Trejo. She is also one of the first actresses to be cast in the proposed female-based version of The Expendables that is being planned for 2015.

Josh Hutcherson

4. Josh Hutcherson – Josh is no stranger to box office films, but this year he appeared in the book to film adaptation of The Hunger Games as well as the three-years in the making reboot of Red Dawn. Among his other movie roles are Journey to the Center of the Earth and the film’s sequel. He will appear in the third Journey to the Center of the Earth movie set for next year as well as the second film adaptation of The Hunger Games trilogy also set for next year. Among his other film roles are Zathura, Bridge to Terabithia, Firehouse Dog and the critically-acclaimed The Kids are All Right.

Mackenzie Foy

5. Mackenzie Foy – Mackenzie landed the role of one of the most-talked about fictional characters in the young adult genre: Renesmee Carlie Cullen, the daughter of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan in the final Twilight saga movie. She appeared in episodes of Hawaii Five-0, FlashForward and R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour. She has three upcoming projects including the film Plastic Jesus with Hilarie Burton, The Conjuring with Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson and Wish You Well with Josh Lucas and Ellen Burstyn.

Suraj Sharma

6. Suraj Sharma – Suraj is a complete newcomer to acting, but he landed one of the most-buzzed-about roles: that of the lead character in the book to film adaptation of the best-selling novel Life of Pi as directed by Ang Lee. You can bet that he will be much in demand now that the film is out.

Zoe Kazan

7. Zoe Kazan – Zoe wrote and starred in the indie film Ruby Sparks earlier this year that received critical acclaim and she has four projects in the works, including In Your Eyes with Nikki Reed and Jennifer Gray, Some Girl(s) with Kristen Bell and Jennifer Morrison, The F Word with Daniel Radcliffe and Amanda Crew and The Pretty One with Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston. Previously she starred in episodes of Bored to Death and Medium as well as roles in the box office films I Hate Valentine’s Day, It’s Complicated and the indie films Me & Orson Welles and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.

Stephen Amell

8. Stephen Amell – Stephen is the hot lead on The CW series Arrow that has taken the 2012-2013 TV season by storm. Among his other TV credits are roles in Queer as Folk, the short-lived Beautiful People, The Vampire Diaries, 90210, Hung, Private Practice and Heartland. He also appeared in the made-for-TV movies The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice and Justice for Natalee Holloway.

Lara Pulver

9. Lara Pulver — Lara turned heads in her role of Irene Adler in the mini-series Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia. Prior to that Lara appeared in episodes of Robin Hood, MI-5 and True Blood. She will also be seen next year in the new TV series Da Vinci’s Demons.

Jay Ryan

10. Jay Ryan – New Zealand born Jay is the star of the new remake of Beauty And the Beast on The CW alongside Kristin Kreuk; but he got his start in TV shows like Hercules and Xena followed later by the Australian soap opera Neighbours. He also appeared in episodes of Sea Patrol, Offspring and Legend of the Seeker. His first big break here in the states came from his small recurring role in the short-lived TV series Terra Nova.

Sutton Foster

11. Sutton Foster – Sutton made a big splash on TV this year in the ABC Family series Bunheads, but she is best known for her work in theatre, appearing in the Broadway play Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes (both of which she won a Tony) and Little Women and Shrek the Musical [among others]. She also appeared in episodes of Flight of the Conchords, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Royal Pains.

Tom Weston-Jones

12. Tom Weston-Jones – Tom got noticed by American viewers thanks to his role in the new BBC America period piece TV series Copper as well as his role in the mini-series World Without End. His other TV credit is the long-running spy series MI-5 (also known as Spooks in the U.K.).

Jessica Pare

13. Jessica Pare – Jessica turned heads as Megan Calvet Draper on the critically acclaimed and award-winning AMC drama Mad Men. Prior to that she had guest roles in episodes of the short-lived series Jack & Bobby and Life and she appeared in the box office films Wicker Park and Hot Tub Time Machine.

Dean Geyer

14. Dean Geyer – Dean is making heads turn as Brody Weston, the new hottie from NYADA that took Rachel’s heart on Glee. Much like the aforementioned Jay Ryan, Dean appeared in the Australian soap opera Neighbours (yes, he’s Aussie) and had a recurring role in the short-lived TV series Terra Nova. He also competed in the 2006 Australian Idol and holds a black belt in karate.

Quvenzhane Wallis

15. Quvenzhané (pronounced Qui-ven-ZHEN-ay) Wallis – Quvenzhané is the young actress catching attention for her riveting debut performance in the independent film Beasts of the Southern Wild that has been receiving rave reviews all year. This impressive youngster will next be seen in next year’s planned box office film Twelve Years a Slave that will star Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Paul Giamatti [among others].

Daniel Lissing

16. Daniel Lissing – Daniel is one of the cast members of the soon-to-be-defunct ABC drama Last Resort where he appears as Navy Seal James King. This Aussie appeared in the down under TV shows Home and Away, Out of the Blue, Packed to the Rafters and Crownies. He will soon appear in the film John Doe alongside Jamie Bamber.

Kara Hayward

17. Kara Hayward – Kara made her acting debut in the much-buzzed-about indie film Moonrise Kingdom, starring alongside the likes of Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton. Her next project will be the teen drama film The Sisterhood of Night that will co-star Georgie Henley (from The Chronicles of Narnia franchise).

Skylar Astin

18. Skylar Astin – Skylar starred in this year’s musical-comedy Pitch Perfect alongside Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson and was one of the voices in the top-rated animated film Wreck-It Ralph. He appeared in the box office film Taking Woodstock as well as episodes of Girls and House. He has two projects coming up: 21 and Over with Miles Teller and Justin Chon and Cavemen with Camilla Belle and Chad Michael Murray.

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 2013

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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:

6:30 PM:
The Princess Diaries movie on ABC Family

7:30 PM:
Apollo 13 movie on Bravo

8 PM:
Army Wives on Lifetime
Strike Back on More Max (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Ratatouille (animated) movie on Disney
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (animated) movie on Fox Movie Channel
A Princess for Christmas movie on Hallmark
The Help movie on Showtime

9 PM:
Doctor Who: The Snowmen on BBC America (Reair of Christmas Episode)
Army Wives on Lifetime
NCIS on USA Network
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement movie on ABC Family
Forrest Gump movie on HBO Family

10 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO (Reair)
Game of Thrones on HBO 2 (Reair)
Army Wives on Lifetime
NCIS on USA Network
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (animated) movie on Fox Movie Channel


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

A Dark Truth
Opens:  January 4

Andy Garcia plays an ex-CIA operative -turned political talk show host. He is hired by a corporate whistle blower to expose her company’s cover-up of a massacre in a South American village. The cast includes Kevin Durand, Eva Longoria, Kim Coates, Forest Whitaker and Steven Bauer.

All Superheroes Must Die
Opens:  January 4

The film follows four masked avengers – Charge (Jason Trost), Cutthroat (Lucas Till), The Wall (Lee Valmassy) and Shadow (Sophie Merkley) – who find themselves stripped of their powers by their arch-nemesis (James Remar), whom they defeated years earlier…or so they thought. When the sinister mastermind puts the heroes through a series of brutal challenges that are virtually impossible to overcome, they must battle the clock – and even each other – in a race to stop a deadly countdown that could mean total destruction. Will the superheroes prevail, or will they be forced to meet their demise as mere human beings?

Gangster Squad
Opens: January 11

Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin star in this period piece drama about a pair of Los Angeles cops assigned to take down notorious 1940’s mob kingpin Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). The cast includes Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Frank Grillo and Michael Pena.

Opens: January 11

Cissy (Pauline Collins), Wilf (Billy Connolly), and Reg (Tom Courtenay) are all retired members of an operatic quartet, living in Beecham House, a retirement home for gifted musicians, who put on a concert on Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday every year. However, the arrival of the fourth member of the quartet, and Reg’s ex-wife, Jean (Maggie Smith), results in old rivalries and theatrical temperaments and it becomes unclear if the show will or will not go on. The cast includes Michael Gambon.

Stand Up Guys
Opens: January 11

Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin star as retired gangsters who reunite for one epic last night. Val (Al Pacino) is released from prison after serving twenty-eight years for refusing to give up one of his close criminal associates. His best friend Doc (Christopher Walken) is there to pick him up, and the two soon re-team with another old pal, Hirsch (Alan Arkin). Their bond is as strong as ever, and the three reflect on freedom lost and gained, loyalties ebbed and flowed, and days of glory gone by. And despite their age, their capacity for mayhem is still very much alive and well – bullets fly as they make a hilariously valiant effort to compensate for the decades of crime, drugs and sex they’ve missed. But one of the friends is keeping a dangerous secret- he’s been put in an impossible quandary by a former mob boss, and his time to find an acceptable alternative is running out. As the sun rises on the guys’ legendary reunion, their position becomes more and more desperate and they finally confront their past once and for all.

Struck By Lightning
Opens: January 11

High school senior Carson Phillips (Chris Colfer) was destined for bigger things than his close-minded small town could ever offer. He was on a path to greatness, but destiny had a different plan when he was suddenly killed by a bolt of lightning in his school parking lot. Demonstrating that life is what happens while you’re busy planning your future, Carson recounts the last few weeks of his life via witty, insightful flashbacks, including a blackmail scheme targeting the popular kids in school that he concocts with his best friend (Rebel Wilson), and a home life that includes a mother (Allison Janney) who’s more interested in the bottle than her son’s future and an estranged father (Dermot Mulroney) who suddenly appears with a pregnant fiancée (Christina Hendricks).

Broken City
Opens: January 18

Mark Wahlberg plays a New York cop hired by the mayor (Russell Crowe) to find out who has been sleeping with the mayor’s wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Things get a lot more complicated when the cop is double-crossed and then framed by the mayor for an execution style killing carried out to hide the mayor’s dirty secrets. The cast includes Jeffrey Wright and Kyle Chandler.

The Last Stand
Opens: January 18

Sheriff Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in the sleepy border town of Sommerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled. After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately accepts responsibility for the face off. The cast includes Rodrigo Santoro, Jaimie Alexander, Forest Whitaker, Genesis Rodriguez, Peter Stormare, Johnny Knoxville and Zach Gilford.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Opens: January 25

Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as the legendary siblings now grown up and gun-wielding witch hunters. Famka Janssen and Peter Stormare co-star.

Opens: January 25

A professional thief (Jason Statham) teams up with a beautiful novice crook (Jennifer Lopez) to pull off a massive heist in Palm Beach. The cast includes Nick Nolte, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Chiklis and Clifton Collins, Jr.

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


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One of the most important aspects of television is the ratings each show receives on a weekly basis. As I have stated in years past, many can argue that the Nielson ratings are flawed and in desperate need of an overhaul; yet the industry still greatly relies on these tallies every day. And while the industry continues to believe that the only numbers that matter are for the 18 to 49 year-old adults, I hold firm to the belief that the overall millions of viewers are what truly make a difference.

With that thought in mind, and as I have done for years, I conducted my own ratings research, covering dramatic programming on the major and cable networks from January to mid-December. Please note these numbers are the overall average of viewers for each show based on early overnight numbers divided by the number of episodes aired within the time frame, as referenced below. Please remember that I cover only dramatic programming on the major and cable networks.

First of all, the following is a list (from highest to lowest) of all the dramas from the major networks that aired during the last half of the 2011-2012 TV season, covering January through May 2012 (mainly from mid-season to the season finales in May):

NCIS (CBS) – 18.8 million
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – 14.3 million
Person of Interest (CBS) – 14 million
The Mentalist (CBS) – 13.1 million
Criminal Minds (CBS) – 11.4 million
CSI (CBS) – 11.3 million
Blue Bloods (CBS) – 11 million
Unforgettable (CBS) – 10.8 million *
Castle (ABC) – 10.6 million
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) – 10.2 million
The Good Wife (CBS) – 10.1 million
CSI: Miami (CBS) – 9.7 million *
CSI: NY (CBS) and Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) [TIE] – 9.6 million
Once Upon a Time (ABC) – 9.3 million
A Gifted Man (CBS) – 9 million *
Desperate Housewives (ABC) – 8.6 million *
Body of Proof (ABC) – 8 million
Harry’s Law (NBC) – 7.7 million *
Missing (ABC) – 7.5 million *
Revenge (ABC) and Bones (FOX) – 7.4 million
Scandal (ABC) – 7.2 million
Private Practice (ABC) – 7 million
Touch (FOX) – 6.9 million
Smash (NBC) – 6.8 million
House (FOX) * and Glee (FOX) – 6.5 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) – 6.2 million
GCB (ABC) – 6 million *
Alcatraz (FOX) – 5.9 million *
The Finder (FOX) – 5.5 million *
Grimm (NBC) – 4.9 million
Parenthood (NBC) – 4.8 million
NYC 22 (CBS) – 4.6 million *
The River (ABC) – 4.2 million *
Prime Suspect (NBC) – 4 million *
Chuck (NBC) – 3.8 million *
Pan Am (ABC) – 3.7 million *
Awake (NBC) – 3.3 million *
Fringe (FOX) – 3.1 million
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) and The Firm (NBC) * [TIE] – 2.6 million
Supernatural (The CW) – 1.7 million
The Secret Circle (The CW) – 1.6 million *
Nikita (The CW) and One Tree Hill (The CW) * – 1.5 million
Hart of Dixie (The CW) – 1.4 million
90210 (The CW) – 1.3 million
Gossip Girl (The CW) and Ringer (The CW) * – 1.2 million
The L.A. Complex (The CW) * – 590,000 viewers

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

NOTE: Unforgettable was cancelled by CBS only to be brought back after the fact with plans to have new episodes airing sometime in 2013.

During that same approximate time period – January to roughly mid-June 2011 – a large number of cable dramas aired new episodes – and they are listed in order of their overall viewership (highest to lowest):

The Walking Dead (AMC) – 7.5 million
Game of Thrones (HBO) – 3.8 million
Royal Pains (USA) – 3.4 million
In Plain Sight (USA) – 3.3 million *
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family), Fairly Legal (USA) * and White Collar (USA) [TIE] – 2.8 million
Army Wives (Lifetime) – 2.7 million
Psych (USA) – 2.6 million
Hell on Wheels (AMC) and The Client List (Lifetime) [TIE] – 2.5 million
Justified (FX) and Leverage (TNT) * [TIE] – 2.4 million
Mad Men (AMC) – 2.3 million
Southland (TNT) – 1.9 million
Switched at Birth (ABC Family) and Merlin (Syfy) [TIE] – 1.7 million
The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family) and Eureka (Syfy) * [TIE] – 1.6 million
Being Human (Syfy) – 1.5 million
Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz), Breakout Kings (A&E) *, The Killing (AMC) * and The Lying Game (ABC Family) [TIE] – 1.4 million
Lost Girl (Syfy), Make It or Break It (ABC Family) * and Jane By Design (ABC Family) * [TIE] – 1.2 million
The Borgias (Showtime) – 574,000 viewers
Luck (HBO) * – 564,000 viewers
Magic City (Starz) – 416,000 viewers

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

NOTE: The Killing was cancelled by AMC only to be brought back after the fact with plans to have a new season airing sometime in 2013.

As we move into the summer months, the following list shows all the dramas from both the major and cable networks that aired from approximately late May to mid-October in order of their overall viewership (highest to lowest):

The Closer (TNT) – 6.5 million *
Rookie Blue (ABC) – 5.7 million
Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) – 5.4 million
Major Crimes (TNT) and True Blood (HBO) – 4.7 million
Burn Notice (USA) – 4.4 million
Perception (TNT) – 4.2 million
Longmire (A&E) – 4 million
Royal Pains (USA) – 3.9 million
Suits (USA) – 3.8 million
Dallas (TNT) – 3.7 million
Covert Affairs (USA) – 3.4 million
White Collar (USA) and Falling Skies (TNT) [TIE] – 3.3 million
Army Wives (Lifetime) – 3.2 million
Saving Hope (NBC) * and The Glades (A&E) [TIE] – 3 million
Franklin & Bash (TNT) – 2.9 million
Necessary Roughness (USA) – 2.7 million
Leverage (TNT) * and Breaking Bad (AMC) – 2.6 million
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) – 2.5 million
Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) – 2.3 million
Common Law (USA) * – 2.1 million
The Newsroom (HBO) – 2 million
Warehouse 13 (Syfy) – 1.7 million
Teen Wolf (MTV) – 1.6 million
The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Bunheads (both on ABC Family) and Alphas (Syfy) [TIE] – 1.4 million
Jane By Design (ABC Family) * – 1.3 million
Lost Girl (Syfy) – 1.2 million
The L.A. Complex (The CW) * – 572,000 viewers

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

Next, we have the ratings results for all of the dramas that aired on the major networks for the first part of the 2012-2013 TV season, covering September to approximately mid-December (highest to lowest):

NCIS (CBS) – 18.2 million
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – 15.5 million
Person of Interest (CBS) – 14.3 million
Criminal Minds (CBS) – 11.8 million
Vegas and Elementary (both on CBS) [TIE] – 11 million
Blue Bloods (CBS) – 10.7 million
CSI (CBS) – 10.6 million
Castle (ABC) – 10.5 million
The Mentalist (CBS) – 9.6 million
CSI: NY (CBS), Once Upon a Time (ABC) and The Good Wife (CBS) [TIE] – 9.5 million
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 9.4 million
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) – 8.8 million
Revolution (NBC) – 8.5 million
Revenge (ABC) – 8.2 million
Bones (FOX) – 7.3 million
Scandal (ABC) – 6.7 million
Last Resort (ABC) – 6.6 million * (the remaining 3 episodes will air in early 2013)
Nashville (ABC) – 6.5 million
Glee (FOX) and Chicago Fire (NBC) [TIE] – 6.1 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) – 5.5 million
Grimm (NBC) – 5.2 million
Parenthood (NBC) – 4.9 million
666 Park Avenue (ABC) – 4.8 million * (the remaining 4 episodes may air in summer 2013)
Private Practice (ABC) – 4.7 million
The Mob Doctor (FOX) – 3.7 million * (2 more episodes will air on December 29 and 31)
Arrow (The CW) – 3.6 million
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – 2.9 million
Fringe (FOX) – 2.8 million * (the show will air its 2-hour series finale on January 18)
Supernatural (The CW) – 2.2 million
Beauty And the Beast (The CW) – 2.1 million
Hart of Dixie (The CW) – 1.4 million
Emily Owens, M.D. (The CW) – 1.3 million * (the remaining 6 episodes will air in early 2013)
90210 (The CW) and Nikita (The CW) [TIE] – 1 million
Gossip Girl (The CW) – 785,000 viewers *

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


1. The CBS drama Made In Jersey aired only two episodes this fall before it was cancelled; however, the episodes that were filmed prior to the cancellation aired as burn-off on Saturdays during the fall. The ratings for that series were not included above simply because of its quick cancellation;

2. A special airing of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, the much buzzed about internet series created by Joss Whedon, finally aired on The CW on October 9; but it earned a disappointing 570,000 viewers;

3. A special airing of Mockingbird Lane, the reboot of the classic TV comedy The Munsters from the mind of Bryan Fuller (that did not receive a series pick-up by the network) aired on NBC on October 2, earning a respectful 5.4 million viewers;

4. Pretty Little Liars aired another Halloween episode on October 23 on ABC Family, earning 2.8 million viewers;

5. A special two-hour special episode of Royal Pains, focusing on the wedding of Evan and Paige, aired on December 16, earning 3.2 million viewers;

6. The annual Doctor Who Christmas special aired on BBC America on Christmas Day, earning 1.4 million viewers; and,

7. A holiday special of Call the Midwife will air on PBS on December 31, making it impossible to include the ratings due to the fact this report had to be posted before the airdate.

Lastly, the cable networks aired a number of their summer shows during the fall as well as debuting one new show, competing against the major network shows. The following is a list of how those shows performed in the overall ratings over the course of mid-August to mid-December (highest to lowest):

The Walking Dead (AMC) – 10.1 million
Sons of Anarchy (FX) – 4.4 million
Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) – 4 million
American Horror Story: Asylum (FX) – 2.7 million
Covert Affairs (USA Network) – 2.5 million
Burn Notice (USA Network) – 2.4 million
Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Dexter (Showtime) and Leverage * (TNT) [TIE] – 2.3 million
Hell on Wheels (AMC) – 2.1 million
Homeland (Showtime) – 2 million
Switched at Birth (ABC Family) and Haven (Syfy) – 1.6 million
Copper (BBC America) – 692,000 viewers
Treme (HBO) – 533,000 viewers
Boss (Starz) – 363,000 viewers *
Strike Back (Cinemax) – 255,000 viewers
Hunted (Cinemax) – 157,000 viewers *

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


1. The overall rating for Strike Back is an approximated average, as not all of the ratings for the current season could be tracked down; and,

2. The final two episodes of the current season of Haven will actually air on January 17.

It should be noted that the following cable series aired throughout 2012, but their overall ratings were difficult, if not impossible, to track down:

Bedlam – BBC America
Being Human – BBC America
Doctor Who – BBC America
Inside Men – BBC America
The Fades – BBC America
The Hour – BBC America
White Heat – BBC America
Whitechapel – BBC America
Damages – DirecTV
XIII The Series – Reelz Channel

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

1. CBS is still 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 2012 and CBS has the most dramas in the top 20 over all the other networks;

2. The top new drama of the fall season goes to CBS with both Vegas and Elementary winning as highest rated new series; but the new drama Arrow on The CW broke records for that network and Revolution on NBC helped launch the network into top place for the first time in years;

3. Castle has, once again, won the year as the top drama on ABC with Last Resort being the top rated new fall drama for the network; but sadly, that series will end after its initial 13-episode first season order;

4. NBC saw a marked improvement in their ratings in the 2012-2013 TV season actually winning the ratings race over the first three weeks of the season and winning November sweeps for the first time in 9 years;

5. FOX had a lackluster year to say the least with Touch behind the highest rated series during the early part of the year and Bones winning for the fall season; sadly, very little else has succeeded on FOX for the entire year;

6. For the past few seasons, The Vampire Diaries has been the top rated show for the network, which was the case for the earlier part of the year, but this fall the new series Arrow has taken its place; and the real competition will be to see which of the following shows will survive the 2012-2013 season: Beauty And the Beast, Hart of Dixie or 90210; and

7. It is apparent that The Walking Dead on AMC has far-outdistanced all other cable shows, becoming the first cable series to beat every other show of the fall season in adults from 18 to 49 years of age and Major Crimes on TNT being the highest rated new show of the summer; it should also be noted that TNT was the most watched network for the entire year, even beating out the USA Network for that accolade.

And, for the first time in all the years of my putting together these year-end reports, I am including a list of the majority of the made-for-TV movies and/or mini-series that aired during 2012, ranked highest to lowest for overall ratings. They are as follows (based on those for which ratings could be tracked down):

Hatfield & McCoys (History) [3-part] – 13.8 million
Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt (CBS) – 12.8 million
Firelight and Christmas with Holly (both on ABC) [TIE] – 7.7 million
Smile As Big As the Moon (ABC) – 6.9 million
Steel Magnolias (Lifetime) – 6.5 million
Drew Peterson: Untouchable (Lifetime) – 5.8 million
Let It Shine (Disney) – 5.7 million
Girl vs. Monster (Disney) – 4.9 million
Downton Abbey (PBS) [7-part] – 4.6 million (approximate average)
Radio Rebel (Disney) – 4.3 million
Frenemies (Disney) 4.2 million
Abducted: The Carlina White Story (Lifetime) – 4.1 million
Help for the Holidays (Hallmark) – 3.6 million
Liz & Dick (Lifetime) – 3.5 million
A Bride for Christmas, The Christmas Heart and Matchmaker Santa (all on Hallmark) [TIE] – 3.3 million
The Mistle-Tones (ABC Family) and Baby’s First Christmas (Hallmark) [TIE] – 3.2 million
Come Dance with Me (Hallmark) – 3.1 million
A Golden Christmas 3 (ION) – 3 million
Hitched for the Holidays (Hallmark) – 2.8 million
Seal Team Six: The Hunt for Osama bin Laden (National Geographic) and Chasing Leprechauns (Hallmark) [TIE] – 2.7 million
A Taste of Romance and Naughty or Nice (both on Hallmark) and Home Alone: Holiday Heist (ABC Family [TIE] – 2.6 million
A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song (ABC Family); Notes from the Heart Healer and The Wishing Tree (both on Hallmark) [TIE] – 2.5 million
Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island (Syfy), Undercover Bridesmaid (Hallmark) and An Officer and a Murderer (Lifetime) [TIE] – 2.4 million
Love at the Thanksgiving Parade and It’s Christmas, Carol (both on Hallmark) [TIE] – 2.3 million
Swamp Volcano (Syfy), Kiss at Pine Lake and Christmas Song (both on Hallmark) [TIE] – 2.2 million
Game Change (HBO), Political Animals (USA) [6-parts], The Good Witch’s Charm (Hallmark), The Merry In-Laws (Lifetime) and 12 Disasters of Christmas (Syfy) [TIE] – 2.1 million
Love at the Christmas Table, Fatal Honeymoon, The Real St. Nick and Killer Among Us (all on Lifetime) [TIE] – 2 million
The Philadelphia Experiment (Syfy) and The Eleventh Victim (Lifetime) 1.9 million
Puppy Love (Hallmark); Coma (A&E) [2-parts] and Finding Mrs. Claus (Lifetime) [TIE] – 1.7 million
The Christmas Consultant (Lifetime) – 1.6 million
Boogeyman (Syfy) and Last Hours in Suburbia and All About Christmas Eve (both on Lifetime) [TIE] – 1.5 million
Ghost Storm (Syfy), Fixing Pete and How to Fall in Love (both on Hallmark); The March Sisters at Christmas and Holiday High School Reunion (both on Lifetime) [TIE] – 1.4 million
Rise of Zombies (Syfy) – 1.3 million
Haunted High and Pegasus vs. Chimera (both on Syfy) and Left to Die (Lifetime) [TIE] – 1.2 million
Aladdin & the Death Lamp (Syfy) and Holiday Spin (Lifetime) [TIE] – 1.1 million
Smart Cookies (Hallmark) – 1 million
The Girl (HBO) – 722,000 viewers
The Music Teacher (Hallmark) – 688,000 viewers
Hemingway & Gelhorn (HBO) – 548,000 viewers
Crimson Petal & the White (Encore) [2-parts] – 214,000 viewers

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

FINAL NOTE: Please note that I do not include DVR ratings, online viewership (etc.) because those numbers – while helpful for the networks to know just how many people are actually watching their shows (and in essence making the advertisers happy) – are not seen as essential because none of these viewing options provide advertising money to the networks.

NOTE: I apologize in advance for any omissions, spelling errors or oversights I may have made, but I don’t apologize for any of the choices I made.

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