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As I have stated for years now, TV ratings are the life’s blood of every series on the major and cable networks. The success or failure of every show is at the mercy of their ratings.

Sadly, though, the networks have become far too dependent on the very limiting 18-39 year old viewers and are continuing to ignore and overlook the rest of the viewers who are outside of that age group. I have had a problem with that close-minded thought process ever since I reached my 40’s.

Needless to say, I have made it my mission to only focus on the overall viewership (the millions of viewers who watched each show) of the major and cable network dramas. 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.

Here we go…

The first list is the major network dramas that aired from January through June, covering the last half of the 2014-2015 TV season:

NCIS (CBS) – 16.8 million
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – 14.6 million
Empire (FOX) – 11.5 million
Blue Bloods (CBS) – 11.3 million
Madam Secretary (CBS) – 11 million
Scorpion (CBS) – 10.3 million
Criminal Minds (CBS) – 10 million
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) – 9.5 million
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – 9.4 million
The Mentalist (CBS) – 9.3 million *
Person of Interest (CBS) – 9.1 million
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) – 8.7 million
The Good Wife (CBS) and Scandal (ABC) – 8.6 million
CSI (CBS) – 8.4 million *
Castle (ABC) and CSI: Cyber (CBS) – 8.1 million
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 8 million
The Blacklist (NBC) – 7.7 million
Elementary (CBS) – 7.6 million
Stalker (ABC) – 7.2 million *
Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. (NBC) – 7.1 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) – 6.9 million
The Mysteries of Laura (NBC) – 6.5 million
Battle Creek (CBS) – 6.2 million *
Gotham (FOX) – 5.7 million
The Night Shift (NBC) – 5.5 million
AD The Bible Continues (NBC) – 5.4 million *
Once Upon a Time (ABC) – 5.1 million
Secrets & Lies and American Crime (ABC) – 5 million
Nashville (ABC) – 4.9 million
Grimm (NBC) – 4.8 million
Parenthood (NBC) – 4.7 million *
Bones (FOX) – 4.5 million
Forever (ABC) – 4.4 million *
Sleepy Hollow (FOX), State of Affairs (NBC) * and Revenge (ABC) * – 4.3 million
Marvel’s Agent Carter (ABC) – 4.2 million
Backstrom (FOX) – 4 million *
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) – 3.9 million
Allegiance (NBC) – 3.8 million *
The Slap (NBC) – 3.7 million *
The Flash (The CW) – 3.6 million
The Following (FOX) * and Resurrection (ABC) * – 3.5 million
Constantine (NBC) – 3.2 million *
American Odyssey (NBC) – 3 million *
Arrow (The CW) – 2.7 million
Supernatural (The CW) – 2 million
iZombie (The CW) and Glee (FOX) * – 1.9 million
Red Band Society (FOX) – 1.8 million *
The 100 (The CW) – 1.6 million
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – 1.5 million
The Originals and Jane the Virgin (The CW) – 1.3 million
Hart of Dixie (The CW) – 1.2 million *
Reign (The CW) – 1 million

* 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 June:

The Walking Dead (AMC) – 14.2 million
Game of Thrones (HBO) – 6.9 million
Major Crimes (TNT) – 3.8 million
Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) – 3.4 million
The Librarians (TNT) – 3.3 million
Better Call Saul (AMC) – 3.2 million
The Haves and Have Nots (OWN) and American Horror Story: Hotel (FX) – 3.1 million
Vikings (History Channel) – 2.5 million
If Loving You Is Wrong (OWN) – 2.2 million
Mad Men (AMC) – 2.1 million *
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) – 1.9 million
Justified (FX) * and Bates Motel (A&E) – 1.8 million
Good Witch (Hallmark), Being Mary Jane (BET) and Suits (USA Network) – 1.7 million
Perception (TNT) – 1.6 million *
The Fosters (ABC Family) – 1.3 million
Switched at Birth (ABC Family) and Dig (USA Network) * – 1.2 million
When Calls the Heart (Hallmark) – 1.1 million
The Returned (A&E) *, The Royals (E!) and The Americans (FX) – 1.1 million
Outlander (Starz) – 1 million
The Transporter: The Series (TNT) – 873,000 viewers *
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (Lifetime) – 810,000 viewers *
Chasing Life (ABC Family) – 809,000 viewers *
12 Monkeys (Syfy) – 798,000 viewers
Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce (Bravo) – 794,000 viewers
Black Sails (Starz) – 727,000 viewers
Finding Carter (MTV) – 715,000 viewers
Turn (AMC) – 696,000 viewers
Lost Girl (Syfy) – 621,000 viewers
Eye Candy (MTV) – 591,000 viewers *
Banshee (Cinemax) – 582,000 viewers *
Helix (Syfy) – 564,000 viewers *
Olympus (Syfy) – 550,000 viewers *
Bitten (Syfy) – 489,000 viewers
Orphan Black (BBC America) – 438,000 viewers
Broadchurch (BBC America) – 360,000 viewers
Salem (WGN America) – 352,000 viewers
Hindsight (VH1) – 263,000 viewers *
The Musketeers (BBC America) – 234,000 viewers (average) *
Ripper Street (BBC America) – 190,000 viewers +
The Red Road (Sundance) – 178,000 viewers *
The Missing (Starz) – 149,000 viewers

* denotes all those shows that have since been cancelled or came to a planned ending
+ show has since moved from cable TV to streaming online

NOTE: Ratings for the following shows could not be tracked down: Babylon (Sundance), Downton Abbey (PBS), Fortitude (Pivot), Full Circle: Chicago Payback (DirecTV) and Tatau (BBC America).

The third list covers all of the dramas that aired on major networks over the summer from about the end of April through about mid-September:

Zoo (CBS) – 5.9 million
Under the Dome (CBS) – 4.6 million *
Extant (CBS) – 4.4 million *
The Astronaut Wives Club (ABC) – 4.3 million *
Rookie Blue (ABC) – 3.9 million *
Wayward Pines (FOX) – 3.8 million
Mistresses and The Whispers * (ABC) – 3.5 million
Aquarius (NBC) – 2.6 million *
Hannibal (NBC) – 1.7 million *
Beauty And the Beast (The CW) – 977,000 viewers
The Messengers (The CW) – 945,000 viewers *

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

The fourth list covers all of the dramas that aired on the cable networks over the summer from about the end of June through about October:

Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) – 7.6 million
Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) – 4.3 million
Major Crimes (TNT) – 4.2 million
The Haves and Have Nots (OWN) – 3.2 million
The Last Ship (TNT) and True Detective ^ (HBO) – 2.6 million
Suits (USA Network) -2.3 million
Murder in the First and Proof * (TNT) – 2.1 million
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) and Falling Skies (TNT) * – 2 million
Hell on Wheels (AMC) – 1.8 million
Royal Pains (USA Network) and Cedar Cove (Hallmark) ^ – 1.5 million
Ray Donovan (Showtime), Devious Maids (Lifetime) and Mr. Robot (USA Network) – 1.4 million
The Strain (FX), Power (Starz) and Complications (USA Network) * – 1.3 million
Tyrant (FX), The Fosters (ABC Family), Teen Wolf (MTV) and Humans (AMC) – 1.2 million
Defiance (Syfy) – 1 million *
Killjoys (Syfy) – 954,000 viewers
Dark Matter (Syfy) – 951,000 viewers
Dominion (Syfy) – 867,000 viewers *
Stitchers (ABC Family) – 859,000 viewers
Graceland (USA Network) – 847,000 viewers *
Scream: The Series (MTV) – 751,000 viewers
UnReal (Lifetime) – 696,000 viewers
Chasing Life (ABC Family) – 666,000 viewers *
Penny Dreadful (Showtime) – 611,000 viewers
Masters of Sex (Showtime) – 595,000 viewers
Halt & Catch Fire (AMC) – 523,000 viewers
Strike Back (Cinemax) – 235,000 viewers *
Rectify (Sundance) – 154,000 viewers
Atlantis (Syfy) – 118,000 viewers (average) *
Deutschland 83 (Sundance) – 90,000 viewers ^

* denotes all those shows that have since been cancelled or came to a planned ending
^ a decision has yet to be made if this show will return for another season

NOTE: Ratings for the following show could not be tracked down: Rogue (DirecTV).

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

Into the Badlands (AMC) – 3.9 million
American Horror Story: Hotel (FX) – 3 million
Major Crimes (TNT) – 2.9 million
If Loving You Is Wrong (OWN) – 2.3 million
The Librarians (TNT) – 1.9 million (approximate)
Being Mary Jane (BET) – 1.7 million
Homeland (Showtime) – 1.5 million
Fargo (FX) – 1.3 million
Public Morals (TNT) 1 million *
The Bastard Executioner (FX) – 1 million *
Agent X (TNT) – 963,000 viewers (approximate) *
Z Nation (Syfy) – 876,000 viewers
The Affair (Showtime) – 842,000 viewers
Haven (Syfy) – 654,000 viewers *
Satisfaction (USA Network) – 647,000 viewers ^
The Royals (E) – 583,000 viewers (approximate)
Legends (TNT) – 557,000 viewers (approximate) *
Finding Carter (MTV) – 412,000 viewers
Continuum (Syfy) – 410,000 viewers *
Doctor Who (BBC America) – 968,000 viewers
The Leftovers (HBO) – 698,000 viewers
The Knick (Cinemax) – 240,000 viewers
Manhattan (WGN America) – 239,000 viewers
Ties That Bind (UP Channel) – 171,000 viewers ^
Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz) – 150,000 viewers (approximate) *
Flesh and Bone (Starz) – 113,000 viewers (approximate)
South of Hell (WE tv) – 107,000 viewers (average) ^
The Returned (Sundance) – 82,000 viewers (approximate)

NOTE: Ratings for the following show could not be tracked down: Kingdom (DirecTV).

* denotes all those shows that have since been cancelled or came to a planned ending
^ a decision has yet to be made if this show will return for another season
(approximate) means these shows still had episodes to air at the very end of the year and the ratings for those episodes could not be provided in time for this year-end report

The sixth and final list covers all of the major network dramas that aired during the first half of the 2015-2016 TV season, covering September to approximately mid-December:

NCIS (CBS) – 16.5 million
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – 12.7 million
Empire (FOX) and CSI (CBS) * – 12.2 million
Blue Bloods (CBS) – 10.4 million
Madam Secretary (CBS) – 10.3 million
Scorpion (CBS) – 9.5 million
Chicago Med (NBC) – 8.9 million
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) – 8.6 million
Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal (ABC) and Supergirl and Criminal Minds (CBS) – 8.5 million
Blindspot (NBC) – 8.4 million
NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife (CBS) – 8.2 million
Chicago Fire (NBC) and Limitless (CBS) – 8 million
Code Black (CBS) – 7.3 million
Castle (ABC) – 7.2 million
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) – 7.1 million
The Mysteries of Laura (NBC) – 6.9 million
The Blacklist (NBC) – 6.8 million
Chicago P.D. (NBC) – 6.5 million
Elementary (CBS) – 6.2 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) and CSI: Cyber (CBS) – 6.1 million
Rosewood (FOX) – 5.4 million
Bones (FOX) and Once Upon a Time (ABC) – 5 million
Quantico (ABC) – 4.9 million
Nashville (ABC) – 4.5 million
Gotham (FOX) – 4.3 million
The Player (NBC) – 4 million *
Heroes Reborn (NBC) and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Blood & Oil * (ABC) – 3.9 million
Grimm (NBC) – 3.6 million
The Flash (The CW) – 3.5 million
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) – 3.3 million
Arrow (The CW) – 2.7 million
Wicked City (ABC) – 2.5 million *
Scream Queens (FOX) – 2.3 million
Minority Report (FOX) – 2.2 million *
Supernatural (The CW) – 1.9 million
iZombie (The CW) – 1.5 million
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – 1.3 million
Reign and Jane the Virgin (The CW) – 1.1 million
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and The Originals (The CW) – 1 million

* 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. NCIS is still the top rated drama on the air: a title the show has held for a number of years now. In fact, once again, CBS is the top network overall with more dramas in the top 10 than any other network throughout the entire year. The lowest rated dramas on CBS are Elementary and CSI: Cyber, but the ratings for both shows are still better than nearly half of the dramas on all other networks.

2.  Just like last year, How to Get Away with Murder slightly edged out both Scandal and Castle as the number one drama on ABC in the first half of the year, but all three shows as well as Grey’s Anatomy were nearly neck and neck for the top spot in the latter half of the year.  On the opposite end, the lowest rated dramas include the cancelled drama Resurrection, the soon-to-be officially cancelled Blood & Oil and the fan favorite (but poorly performing) Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

3. Over on FOX, the drama Empire blew away all of the other dramas on the network, beating once top series Bones for the top spot. The poorest performing dramas on FOX included the cancelled Red Band Society, Glee and The Following as well as soon-to-be officially cancelled Minority Report and the less-than-stellar Scream Queens.

4. While the new NBC drama Blindspot became the first new show of the fall season to receive a pick-up order for a second season, it was beaten out by the new drama Chicago Med as the top rated show for the network. But, previous winner The Blacklist is still holding its own with Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. right on its heels. The lowest rated dramas on the network include the cancelled dramas Constantine and American Odyssey as well as Heroes Reborn and Grimm.

5. For the second year, The Flash is the top rated drama on The CW with former winner Arrow not that far behind. Meanwhile, the cancelled drama Hart of Dixie as well as Reign, The Originals and the new drama Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are all battling for bottom of the list for the network.

6. Once again, The Walking Dead was the top rated show out of all the cable network dramas to air throughout the year with its spin-off series Fear the Walking DeadGame of Thrones on HBO and Zoo on CBS taking the next three slots at the top of the ratings.

There is one last list, though, and it is long so be prepared. The following covers all of the made-for-TV movies, mini-series, event series and specials that aired during 2015 on both the major and cable networks for which ratings could be tracked down:

Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors (NBC) – 12.8 million
The Wiz Live! (NBC) – 11.1 million
The Dovekeepers (CBS) – 7.7 million (average over 2 nights)
Teen Beach 2 (Disney) – 7.5 million
Descendants (Disney) – 6.6 million
A Christmas Detour (Hallmark) – 4.8 million
Crown for Christmas (Hallmark) – 4.3 million
Christmas Land (Hallmark) – 4.2 million
Invisible Sister (Disney) – 4 million
A Christmas Melody (Hallmark) – 4 million
Killing Jesus (NatGeo) – 3.7 million
I’m Not Ready for Christmas (Hallmark) – 3.6 million
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas (Hallmark) – 3.5 million
Northpole: Open for Christmas (Hallmark) – 3.5 million
Just in Time for Christmas (Hallmark) – 3.5 million
Ice Sculpture Christmas (Hallmark) – 3.3 million
Charming Christmas (Hallmark) – 3.3 million
Merry Matrimony (Hallmark) – 3.3 million
Angel of Christmas (Hallmark) – 3.3 million
Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge (Hallmark) – 3.2 million
Christmas Incorporated (Hallmark) – 3.2 million
Sons of Liberty (History) [mini-series] – 3.1 million (average over 3 nights)
Once Upon a Holiday (Hallmark) – 3.1 million
12 Gifts of Christmas (Hallmark) – 3.1 million
Cleveland Abduction (Lifetime) – 3.1 million
Texas Rising (History) – 3.1 million (average over 4 nights)
All of My Heart (Hallmark) – 3 million
Harvest Moon (Hallmark) – 2.9 million
Good Witch Halloween (Hallmark) – 2.7 million
Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise (Hallmark) – 2.7 million
October Kiss (Hallmark) – 2.6 million
Surprised By Love (Hallmark) – 2.4 million
With This Ring (Lifetime) – 2.4 million
So You Said Yes (Hallmark) – 2.4 million
Tis the Season for Love (Hallmark) – 2.3 million
A Novel Romance (Hallmark) – 2.2 million
Bridal Wave (Hallmark) – 2.2 million
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (Lifetime) – 2.2 million (average over 2 nights)
A Country Wedding (Hallmark) – 2.2 million
Autumn Dreams (Hallmark) – 2.1 million
Love By the Book (Hallmark) – 2 million
A Wish Come True (Hallmark) – 1.9 million
Kept Woman (Lifetime) – 1.9 million
Love On the Air (Hallmark) – 1.9 million
Book of Negroes (BET) – 1.8 million (average over 3 nights)
If There Be Thorns (Lifetime) – 1.8 million
Seeds of Yesterday (Lifetime) – 1.8 million
Kidnapped: The Hannah Anderson Story (Lifetime) – 1.8 million
The Flight Before Christmas (Lifetime) – 1.8 million
Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow (Lifetime) – 1.7 million
Whitney (Lifetime) – 1.7 million
Portrait of Love (Hallmark) – 1.7 million
Just the Way You Are (Hallmark) – 1.7 million
Double Daddy (Lifetime) – 1.7 million
Perfect High (Lifetime) – 1.7 million
Family for Christmas (Hallmark) – 1.7 million
Beautiful & Twisted (Lifetime) – 1.6 million
Babysitter’s Black Book (Lifetime) – 1.6 million
The Unauthorized Full House Story (Lifetime) – 1.6 million
Tut (Spike) – 1.5 million (average over 3 nights)
A Gift Wrapped Christmas (Lifetime) – 1.4 million
The Bride He Bought Online (Lifetime) – 1.4 million
The Perfect Match (Hallmark) – 1.4 million
Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room (Hallmark) – 1.4 million
Last Chance for Christmas (Lifetime) – 1.3 million
Lost Boy (Lifetime) – 1.3 million
Bessie (HBO) – 1.3 million
Murder in Mexico (Lifetime) – 1.3 million
The Murder Pact (Lifetime) – 1.3 million
Childhood’s End (Syfy) – 1.3 million (average over 3 nights)
The Christmas Gift (Lifetime) – 1.2 million
Megachurch Murders (Lifetime) – 1.2 million
The Preacher’s Sin (Lifetime) – 1.2 million
Wish Upon a Christmas (Lifetime) – 1.1 million
Becoming Santa (Lifetime) – 1.1 million
Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.1 million
Saints & Strangers (NatGeo) [mini-series] – 1.1 million (average over 2 nights)
The Christmas Note (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1 million
Debbie Macomber’s Dashing Through the Snow (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1 million
Murder She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 987,000 viewers
The Hollow (Syfy) – 978,000 viewers
Magic Stocking (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 922, 000 viewers
Ungodly Acts (Lifetime) – 915,000 viewers
The Expanse (Syfy) – 910,000 viewers (First Three Parts Only)
They Found Hell (Syfy) – 840,000 viewers
Signed Sealed Delivered: Truth Be Told (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 806,000 viewers
Back to School Mom (Lifetime) – 798,000 viewers
10,000 Days (Syfy) – 774,000 viewers
Beverly Lewis’s The Reckoning (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 760,000 viewers
Night of the Wild (Syfy) – 713,000 viewers
Sister Code (BET) – 676,000 viewers
Maid for Murder (Lifetime) – 676,000 viewers
Angels in the Snow (UP Channel) – 660,000 viewers
The Unauthorized Beverly Hills 90210 Story (Lifetime) – 654,000 viewers
Buried Secrets (LMN) – 621,000 viewers
My One Christmas Wish (UP Channel) – 596,000 viewers
Reluctant Witness (Lifetime) – 506,000 viewers
Fan Girl (ABC Family) – 425,000 viewers
Royal Family Thanksgiving (TV One) – 412,000 viewers
The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story (Lifetime) – 382,000 viewers
Runaway Island (TV One) – 356,000 viewers
Royal Family Christmas (TV One) – 343,000 viewers
A Baby for Christmas (UP Channel) – 316,000 viewers
Beverly Hills Christmas (UP Channel) – 306,000 viewers
The Last Kingdom (BBC America) – 290,000 viewers (average over 8 nights)
Nightingale (HBO) – 219,000 viewers
Casual Vacancy (HBO) – 173,000 viewers (average over 2 nights)

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

TOMORROW: Faces of 2015

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Here is the short list of the programming options to expect on TV this coming holiday week:

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride 90-minute special will air on PBS on January 1 at 9 PM. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are back as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the modern retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories. This time we find them in 1890s London.

On January 2, the Hallmark Channel movie Love in Paradise will debut at 9 PM, starring Luke Perry (Ties That Bind and Beverly Hills, 90210).

The final season of Downton Abbey will get underway starting on PBS on January 3 at 9 PM.

Also on January 3, the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie Garage Sale: Guilty Until Proven Innocent will debut at 9 PM, starring Lori Loughlin (When Calls the Heart) and Sarah Strange.

Mark your calendars!

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Sherlock

On New Year’s Day, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, a 90-minute special, will air on PBS at 9 PM.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are back as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the modern retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories. This time we find them in 1890s London.

Here is a trailer for Sherlock: The Abominable Bride:

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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:

5:15 PM:
The Dark Knight Rises movie on TNT

6 PM:
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 movie on ABC Family

7 PM
The Divergent Series: Insurgent movie on HBO

7:45 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)

8 PM:
I’m Not Ready for Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Supergirl on CBS (Reair)
Gotham on FOX (Reair)
The Shawshank Redemption movie on Lifetime
Schindler’s List movie on Showtime

8:40 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)

9 PM:
Legends on TNT (NEW – Part 1 of 3 Series Finale)
Scorpion on CBS (Reair)
Blindspot on NBC (Reair)
Eye Candy on MTV (Reair)

9:45 PM:
Lone Survivor movie on HBO2

9:59 PM
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (Reair)

10 PM:
Legends on TNT (NEW – Part 2 of 3 Series Finale)
Castle on ABC (Reair)
Blindspot on NBC (Reair)
Eye Candy on MTV (Reair)

11 PM:
Legends on TNT (NEW – Part 3 of 3 Series Finale)

Enjoy!

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The following industry personalities (listed in alphabetical order) passed away in 2015 and heartfelt condolences are extended to their families, friends and fans:

Frank Albanese (Actor, The Sopranos)
Jayne Meadows Allen (Comedian and Actress)
Lynn Anderson (Country Singer)

Yogi Berra (New York Yankees Legend)
James Best (Actor, The Dukes of Hazzard)
Theodore Bikel (Actor, Fiddler On The Roof)
Khan Bonfils (British Actor Star Wars and James Bond franchises
Martin E. Brooks (Actor, Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman)
Bobbi Kristina Brown (Daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown) [She was only 22]

David Canary (Actor, All My Children)
Judy Carne (Laugh-In Star)
David Carr (New York Times Critic and Media Columnist)
Jack Carter (Comedic Actor)
Brian Clemens (Writer/Producer of TV’s The Avengers)
George Coe (Original SNL Member and Archer Voice Actor)
Jackie Collins (Romance Novelist)
Former Child Actor (and TV Producer) Kevin Corcoran, “Old Yeller”
Catherine “The Log Lady” Coulson (Actress, Twin Peaks)
Yvonne Craig (Actress, Batgirl on Batman)
Wes Craven (Director, Scream and Nightmare on Elm Street)
Jonathan Crombie (Canadian actor from Anne of Green Gables movies)
Andrae Crouch (Gospel Singer)
Suzanne Crough (Actress, The Partridge Family)

Jean Darling (Actress, Our Gang)
Little Jimmy Dickens (Legendary Country Singer)
Donna Douglas (Actress, The Beverly Hillbillies)
Richard Dysart (Actor, L.A. Law)

Anita Ekberg (Legendary Actress)

Joe Franklin (TV Talk Show Pioneer)
Stan Freberg (Satirist and Looney Tunes Voice Actor)

Frank Gifford (Sportscaster and NFL Hall of Famer)
Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. (Son of Hollywood Mogul)
Lesley Gore (Singer-Songwriter “It’s My Party”)
John Guillermin (British Director, The Towering Inferno and 1976’s King Kong)

Edward Hermann (Actor Gilmore Girls and Lost Boys)
James Horner (Film Composer “Titanic”)

Marty Ingels (Comic Actor and Industry Raconteur) [and husband of Legendary Shirley Jones]

Doug Jones (Actor, The Love Bug)
Louis Jourdan (Veteran Actor, Gigi)

Mary Doyle Keefe (Model for “Rosie the Riveter” in the Normal Rockefeller painting)
B.B. King (Blues Legend)
Ben K. King (Legendary Singer, “Stand By Me”)

Jack Larson (Veteran Actor, The Adventures of Superman)
Christopher Lee (Actor The Lord of the Rings)
Cynthia Lennon (John Lennon’s first wife and mother of Julian Lennon)
Geoffrey Lewis (Actor, High Plains Drifter and Any Which Way You Can) [Father of actress Juliette Lewis]
Robert Loggia (Veteran Actor)

Nathaniel Marston (Actor, One Life to Live)
Colleen McCullough (Best-Selling Author, “The Thorn Birds”)
Patrick Macnee (Actor, Avengers)
Anne Meara (Comedian-Actress) [Ben Stiller’s mom]
Windell Middlebrooks (Actor, Body of Proof) [He was only 36}
Martin Milner (Actor, Adam-12 and Route 66)
Al Molinaro (Actor, Happy Days)
Ron Moody (Actor, Original box office movie Oliver!)
Dickie Moore (Actor, Little Rascals)
Harry Morgan (Actor, MASH)
Bess Myerson (Former Miss America and TV Personality)

Taylor Negron (Actor-Comedian)
Leonard Nimoy (Legendary Actor)
Patricia Norris (Costume Designer)

Maureen O’Hara (Legendary Actress)
Gary Owens (Legendary TV announcer)

Melody Patterson (Actress, F Troop)
Jim Perry (Game Show Host)
Amanda Peterson (Actress, Can’t Buy Me Love)
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper (Wrestler and Actor)
Ben Powers (Actor, Good Times)

Roger Rees (Actor, Warehouse 13)
Alex Rocco (Actor, The Godfather)

Stuart Scott (ESPN Anchor)
Omar Sharif (Legendary Actor)
Bob Simon (Longtime 60 Minutes and CBS News Reporter)
Sam Simon (Co-Creator, The Simpsons)
Percy Sledge (Legendary Singer, “When a Man Loves a Woman”)
Stewart Stern (Writer of Rebel Without a Cause)

Rod Taylor (Actor, The Birds)
Nigel Terry (Actor, Excalibur)
Fred Thompson (Actor, Law & Order and Former Senator)
Mary Ellen Trainor (Actress, Roswell and The Goonies)

Dick Van Patten (Actor, Eight is Enough)
Daniel Von Bargen (Actor, Seinfeld)

Alberta Watson (Actress, Le Femme Nikita)
Scott Weiland (Lead Singer, Stone Temple Pilots)
Jerry Weintraub (Legendary Producer)
Grace Lee Whitney (Actress, Star Trek)
Ben Woolf (Actor, American Horror Story)

NOTE: This list, in no way, covers all the industry talent who passed away this year. Again, condolences are extended to one and all.

Out of respect, please take a moment of silence.

TOMORROW: Ratings

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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 PM:
Snow Bride movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

6:30 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO (Reair)

6:50 PM:
The Longest Ride movie on HBO

7 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Twister movie on A&E
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 movie on ABC Family

7:25 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO (Reair)

8 PM:
The Librarians on TNT (NEW – Season Finale)
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
The Royals on E! (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Despicable Me (animated) movie on Disney

8:20 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO (Reair)

9 PM:
Agent X on TNT (NEW – Series Finale)
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
The Royals on E! (Reair)
Downton Abbey on PBS (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 movie on ABC Family

10 PM:
The Royals on E! (NEW)
Falling Skies on TNT (Reair)
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
Christmas at Cartwright’s movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network

Enjoy!

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Every year there are lots of awards shows, some important, some just fun and numerous just silly or nonsensical, but the following list is just some of the top winners over the course of the year:

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS (January)

Favorite TV Icon – Betty White
Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show – Outlander (Starz)
Favorite Cable TV Actor – Matthew Bomer, White Collar (USA Network)
Favorite New TV Comedy – Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Favorite Cable TV Drama – Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)
Favorite TV Crime Drama – Castle (ABC)
Favorite Crime Drama, TV Actor – Nathan Fillion (Castle)
Favorite Crime Drama, TV Actress – Stana Katic (Castle)
Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show – Beauty And the Beast
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor – Misha Collins (Supernatural)
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress – Kristin Kreuk (Beauty And the Beast)
Favorite New TV Drama – The Flash (The CW)

GOLDEN GLOBES (January)

Best Movie, Drama – Boyhood
Lead Actor, Movie Drama – Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Lead Actress, Movie Drama – Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Lead Actor, Movie Comedy or Musical – Michael Keaton, Birdman
Supporting Actress, Movie – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Animated Feature – How to Train Your Dragon 2
Lead Actress, Movie Comedy or Musical – Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Support Actor, Series, Miniseries or TV Movie – Matthew Bomer, The Normal Heart
Lead Actress, TV Comedy or Musical – Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Support Actress, Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie – Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

SAG AWARDS (January)

Male TV Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries – Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Female TV Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries – Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Male TV Actor in a Drama Series – Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Female TV Actor in a Drama Series – Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Male Movie Actor in a Supporting Role – J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Female Movie Actor in a Leading Role – Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Ensemble in a Motion Picture – Birdman
Lifetime achievement award – Debbie Reynolds

BAFTA (February)

Rising Star – Jack O’Connell
Animated Film – The Lego Movie

NAACP AWARDS (February)

Actor in a Drama – Shemar Moore, Criminal Minds
Support Actor in a Drama – Joe Morton, Scandal
Support Actress in a Drama – Khandi Alexander, Scandal
TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special – The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)

GRAMMY AWARDS (February)

Record of the Year – Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Song of the Year – Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Best New Artist – Sam Smith
Best Pop Vocal Album – Sam Smith, “In The Lonely Hour”
Best Rock Song – Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun”
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media – Frozen
Best Country Album – Miranda Lambert, “Platinum”
Best Country Solo Performance – Carrie Underwood, “Something In The Water”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance – The Band Perry, “Gentle On My Mind”

OSCARS (February)

Best Picture – Birdman
Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Original Song – “Glory,” Selma
Best Animated Feature Film – Big Hero 6
Best Adapted Screenplay – The Imitation Games

MTV MOVIE AWARDS (April)

Movie of the Year – The Fault in Our Stars
Best Male Performance – Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Breakthrough Performance – Dylan O’Brien, The Maze Runner
Best Female Performance – Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars
Best Hero – Dylan O’Brien, The Maze Runner
Best Villain – Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

CRITIC’S CHOICE AWARDS (May)

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Limited Series – Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
Best Actor in a Movie or Limited Series – David Oyelowo, Nightingale
Best Movie Made for Television – Bessie
Best Limited Series -: Olive Kitteridge
Best Actress in a Drama Series – Taraji P. Henson, Empire

74TH PEABODYS (June)

The Americans (FX)
Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Rectify (Sundance TV)

SATURN AWARDS (June)

Best Comic Book-to-Film Release – Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Fantasy Film Release – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Best Action/Adventure Film Release – Unbroken
Best Actor in a Film – Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Supporting Actor in a Film – Richard Armitage, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Best Film Director – James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Limited Run Television Series – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series – The Flash (The CW)
Best Youth-Oriented Television Series – The 100 (The CW)
Best Actress in a Television Series – Caitronia Balfe, Outlander (Starz)
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series – Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
Best Guest Performance in a Television Series – Wentworth Miller, The Flash

TEEN CHOICE AWARDS (August)

Choice Movie Action/Adventure – Furious 7
Choice Movie Actor Action/Adventure – Paul Walker, Furious 7
Choice Movie Actress Action/Adventure – Shailene Woodley, Insurgent
Choice Movie Actor: Drama – Scott Eastwood, The Longest Ride
Choice Movie Actress: Drama – Chloe Grace Moretz, If I Stay
Choice Movie Scene Stealer – Chris Evans, Avengers: Age of Ultron
Choice TV Show Drama – Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Actor Drama – Ian Harding, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Actress Drama – Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Actor Sci-Fi/Fantasy – Jared Padalecki, Supernatural
Choice TV Scene Stealer – Dylan O’Brien, Teen Wolf
Choice TV Breakout Star – Grant Gustin, The Flash
Choice TV Chemistry – Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins, Supernatural
Choice Summer TV Show – Teen Wolf
Choice Male Artist – Ed Sheeran
Choice Rock Song -Hozier, “Take Me To Church”
Choice Summer Female Music Star – Taylor Swift

EMMY AWARDS (September)

Drama Series – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Actress in a Drama – Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Actor in a Drama – Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Margo Martindale, The Americans
Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Regina King, American Crime

Congratulations to all of the above winners (and the countless others who won awards) this year. Are any of the above your favorites? Do you think there was an actor or actress who was overlooked this year? Please share your thoughts.

TOMORROW: Condolences

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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:

6:15 PM:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie on ABC Family

7:50 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)

8 PM:
Da Vinci’s Demons on Starz (NEW)
When Calls the Heart New Years Special movie on Hallmark Channel (2-Hour DEBUT)
Call the Midwife Holiday Special on PBS (Encore)
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
NCIS on CBS (Reair)
Star Trek Into Darkness movie on FX
Batman Begins movie on IFC
Dirty Dancing movie on POP
The Hunger Games movie on TNT

8:50 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO (Reair)

9 PM:
Sleepy Hollow on FOX (Reair)
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network

10 PM:
Family for Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Good Will Hunting movie on Showtime 2

10:05 PM:
Da Vinci’s Demons on Starz (Reair)

Enjoy!

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There was a point in time when I truly enjoyed going to the movies as often as I could, but with the proliferation of cell phones (and all that we can “do” via them), the movie-going experience isn’t what it used to be. Far too many people seem to think that it is acceptable to use their cell phones at any time during the movie rather than following the “rules” by putting them away or, at the very least, muting them. If you need to be on your cell phone so damn much, WHY are you even at the movies?!

Given that sad truth, I have severely reduced how many movies I see each year, but still try to reach the goal of seeing at least 25 each year. This year I reached my goal!!

Out of those 25 movies I enjoyed Cinderella, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation and The Martian the most.

It is doubtful that readers care about what movies I saw throughout the year or which ones I liked best so let’s take a look at the biggest box office winners from this year (through the December 19-20 weekend):

1. Jurassic World – 652 million
2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – 459 million
3. Inside Out – 356 million
4. Furious 7 – 353 million
5. Minions – 336 million
6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 288 million
7. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 – 256 million
8. The Martian – 224 million
9. Cinderella – 201 million
10. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – 195 million
11. Spectre – 194 million
12. Pitch Perfect 2 – 184 million
13. Ant-Man – 180 million
14. Home – 177 million
15. Hotel Transylvania 2 – 168 million
16. Fifty Shades of Grey – 166 million
17. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – 163 million
18. Straight Outta Compton – 161 million
19. San Andreas – 155 million
20 Mad Max: Fury Road – 154 million
21. The Divergent Series: Insurgent – 130 million
22. Kingsman: The Secret Service – 128 million
23. The Peanuts Movie – 127 million
24. Spy – 111 million
25. Trainwreck – 110 million

As in years past, I also compiled a list of the movies that were either a disappointment at the box office or simply had horrible-looking trailers [at least in my opinion]. They appear in alphabetical order below:

American Ultra
Cooties
Daddy’s Home
Get Hard
Goosebumps
Hot Pursuit
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Insidious Chapter 3
Krampus
Maggie
Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
Poltergeist
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Sinister 2
Sisters
The Gallows
The Gift
The Lazarus Effect
The Night Before
The Wedding Ringer
The Woman in Black 2
The Visit
Train Wreck
Unfinished Business
Vacation

What movies did you most enjoy seeing this year? Which movies were disappointments to you? Please share your thoughts and comments.

TOMORROW: Awards

PS: Merry Christmas!!!

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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:

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

6 PM:
Forrest Gump movie on Spike

7 PM:
The Blind Side movie on TNT

7:15 PM:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone movie on ABC Family

7:30 PM:
Crown for Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)

7:45 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)

8 PM:
A Gift Wrapped Christmas movie on Lifetime (Encore)
NCIS on USA Network
Pretty Woman movie on CMT
The Longest Ride movie on HBO

8:42 PM:
NCIS on USA Network

9 PM:
Doctor Who Christmas Episode on BBC America (DEBUT)
Call the Midwife Holiday Special on PBS (DEBUT)
A Christmas Detour movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
What a Girl Wants movie on E!
Dirty Dancing movie on POP

9:25 PM:
NCIS on USA Network

9:30 PM:
Forrest Gump movie on Spike
Erin Brockovich movie on TNT

10:02 PM:
Becoming Santa movie on Lifetime (Encore)

10:05 PM:
Begin Again movie on TMC

10:07 PM:
NCIS on USA Network

10:26 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)

10:30 PM:
Ice Sculpture Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)

Enjoy!

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