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Love in Paradise

The Hallmark Channel movie Love in Paradise will debut on January 2 at 9 PM.

When a Western movie star is forced to spend a PR weekend at a dude ranch, his fans are horrified to learn he’s actually a city slicker who’s afraid of horses and has never been west of the Hudson River.

The film stars Luke Perry (Ties That Bind and Beverly Hills, 90210) and Emmanuelle Vaugier (Lost Girl).

Here is a trailer for Love in Paradise.

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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:
The Bourne Ultimatum movie on Syfy

7:35 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)

8 PM:
Invisible Sister movie on Disney (Encore)
A Christmas Detour movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
NCIS on CBS (Reair)
The Flash on The CW (Reair)
Chicago P.D. on NBC (Reair)
Castle on TNT
Taken movie on Lifetime
Saving Private Ryan movie on Sundance

8:05 PM:
Da Vinci’s Demons on Starz (Reair)

8:15 PM:
Pitch Perfect movie on ABC Family

8:30 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)

9 PM:
The Expanse mini-series on Syfy (DEBUT – Part 4 of 10)
Chicago Med on NBC (Reair)
August Rush movie on POP

10 PM:
Chicago Fire on NBC (Reair)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day movie on Encore


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

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Opens: January 15

On the evening of September 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a group of militants attack the American diplomatic compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya. CIA security contractors – military veterans who served with the Navy SEALS, Marine Corps and Army Special Forces – undertake a desperate defense of the American Ambassador and his staff within the diplomatic compound. The cast includes James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Toby Stephens, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Freddie Stroma and David Costabile.

Norm of the North
Opens: January 15

This animated film is about a polar bear named Norm (voiced by Rob Schneider) and his three lemming friends who are displaced from their Arctic home, winding up in New York City. There, Norm becomes the mascot of a corporation and he soon learns the corporation is tied to the fate of his homeland. Other voices to be featured in the film are Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Colm Meaney, Loretta Devine, Gabriel Iglesias and Bill Nighy.

The Benefactor
Opens: January 15

A philanthropist meddles in the lives of newly-married couples in an attempt to relive his past. The film stars Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Theo James and Clarke Peters.

Opens: January 22

After witnessing a miracle, a young Latina woman (Ana de Armas) experiences strange things as a police detective searches for the truth behind his partner’s death. The cast includes Keanu Reeves and Mira Sorvino.

The 5th Wave
Opens: January 22

Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie Sullivan Chloe Grace Moretz), is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother, Sammy. As she prepares for the fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man Evan, who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him. The cast includes Ron Livingston, Maria Bello, Live Schreiber, Maggie Siff, Nick Robinson, Maika Monroe and Alex Roe.

Jane Got a Gun
Opens: January 29

Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) has built a new life with her husband Bill “Ham” Hammond (Noah Emmerich) after being tormented by the Bishop Boys gang. She finds herself in the gang’s crosshairs once again when Ham stumbles home riddled with bullets after dueling with the Boys and their relentless leader, Colin (Ewan McGregor). With the vengeful crew hot on Ham’s trail, Jane has nowhere to turn but to her former fiancé Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton) for help in defending her family against certain death. Haunted by old memories, Jane’s past meets the present in a heart-stopping battle for survival. The cast includes Rodrigo Santoro and Boyd Holbrook.

Kung Fu Panda 3
Opens: January 29

Po reunites with his biological father and travels with him to a secret sanctuary of pandas where, to his surprise, he does not fit in. There he meets Mei Mei, an overly eager panda, who had been promised to Po through an arranged marriage when they were children. To make matters worse, an evil ancient spirit called Kai begins terrorizing China and stealing the powers of defeated kung fu masters. Now, in the face of incredible odds, Po must learn to train a village of clumsy, fun-loving pandas to become a band of Kung Fu Pandas. Voices will be provided by Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu, Bryan Cranston, J. K. Simmons, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogan, David Cross and Kate Hudson.

The Finest Hours
Opens: January 29

The rescue mission took place in 1952 off the Cape Cod coast after two oil tankers, SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton, were destroyed by treacherous winter winds and waves. The crew of motor life boat CG 36500 and the crew of a surfboat from the USCGC Yakutat heroically rescued nearly all the tankers’ crewmen. The film stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Holliday Grainger, Eric Bana, Kyle Gallner, Graham McTavish, Michael Raymond-James, Ben Foster and Rachel Brosnahan.

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

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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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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)


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