Archive for December, 2017

Happy New Year 2018!!

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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This has been a really difficult year with some ups but a lot of downs, whether it was in the world of politics, scandals that have rocked Hollywood and so much more. We live in a very unsettling world, but I hope that some of the goods things included in this 2017 year-end round-up brought some cheer to you as we close out the year.

We have all had good and bad times throughout the year, but we can all rejoice in the great entertainment these medium – television, movies, music and books – 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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On January 3, the new FOX drama 9-1-1 will debut at 9 PM.

The new series explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and firefighters who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations.

The cast includes Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Connie Britton, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi and Rockmond Dunbar.

Here is a trailer for 9-1-1:

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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 PM:
Jurassic World movie on FX

5:30 PM:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 movie on Freeform

5:35 PM:
Logan movie on HBO

6:30 PM:
The Princess Bride movie on POP

7 PM:
Romance at Reindeer Lodge movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)

8 PM:
Coming Home for Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Victoria on Masterpiece on PBS (Reair)
The Help movie on CMT
Creed movie on EPIX
The Croods (animated) movie on FXM

9 PM:
A Bramble House Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (Reair)
Victoria on Masterpiece on PBS (Reair)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 movie on Freeform
What a Girl Wants movie on POP

10 PM:
Royal New Year’s Eve movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
King Arthur movie on HBO


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Much like the Faces of 2017, there are always entertainers of note to be on the look-out for in the new year or those who made great waves throughout the current year who will, undoubtedly, be big stars in the new year. They appear below in no particular order:

1. Ian Kenny – This British actor first got noticed in last year’s acclaimed musical coming-of-age comedy-drama Sing Street; but it will be his next film role that will get a lot of attention. He will be starring in Solo: A Star Wars Story that will star Alden Enrenreich as young Han Solo and Donald Glover as young Lando Calrissian as well as Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newon and Paul Bettany.

2. Colt Prattes – This Georgia hunk with abs-to-die-for took on the tough role of Johnny Castle in the small screen adaptation of Dirty Dancing, which aired earlier this year; and he will next be seen in the Sundance Now dramedy This Close, starring alongside Marlee Matlin, Cheryl Hines and Zach Gilford.

3. Milana Vayntrub – Anyone who has seen a TV commercial for AT&T will recognize Milana as the spokesperson for the mobile service provider, but she got attention for her recurring role on This Is Us last season. Her newest role will be as Doreen Green aka Squirrel Girl in the live-action Freeform comedy Marvel’s New Warriors.

4. Keala Settle – Keala is a Tony nominee-powerhouse singer and actress who has appeared on stage in productions of Priscilla, the Queen of the Desert, Les Miserables, Waitress, Hairspray and South Pacific; but it will be her role as the Bearded Lady in this month’s The Greatest Showman alongside Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya and Michelle Williams that will put him on the map.

5. Kathryn Newton – Included on Kathryn’s resume are roles in the TV shows Big Little Lies, Supernatural and Halt & Catch Fire, but it will be her turn in the Supernatural spin-off series Wayward Sisters and the BBC adaptation of Little Women that will get her noticed. Her film roles this year have included Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Lady Bird, and she has also been cast in the box office film Ben Is Back alongside Julia Roberts.

6. Margaret Qualley – Margaret is the daughter of model-actress Andie MacDowell. She has appeared in recently-ended HBO series The Leftovers and the box office film The Nice Guys. She has been turning heads with her performance as an aspiring nun in the acclaimed film Novitiate as well as the festival hit Sidney Hall. She has five other productions in the works too.

7. Alex Sharp – The Juilliard alum and Tony Award-winning English actor, got his big break in the Marti Noxon-directed film To the Bone, playing Luke, the charming dancer with an eating disorder who was quite a scene stealer. He will be seen in next year’s Nasty Women [a remake of the 1988 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels] alongside Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as well as UFO, with David Strathairn; and Monumental, with Maria Bello and Jeremy Irons.

8. Jessica Williams – This comedian-actress was a correspondent on The Daily Show and had a small role in the film Delivery Man and as herself in Hot Tub Time Machine 2; but it was her turn in the Netflix film The Incredible Jessica James that has gotten her attention. She has also joined the cast of the anticipated sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

9. Danielle Macdonald – This Australian actress surprised everyone with her amazing “Joisey” accent in the Cinderella-like film Patti Cake$ about an aspiring rapper, and she had a role in the critics favorite film Lady Bird. She also has some high-profile roles coming up, including the film Bird Box, with Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson; Paradise Hills, with Emma Roberts and Dumplin’ with Jennifer Aniston.

10. O’Shea Jackson Jr. – O’Shea is the look-alike son of actor-rapper Ice Cube who played his father in the hit film Straight Outta Compton; and can be seen in this year’s buzzed-about film Ingrid Goes West, starring alongside Aubrey Plaza. He has four upcoming projects, including Last Friday, starring alongside his dad, Nia Long, Kevin Hart and Chris Tucker; Den of Thieves, with Gerard Butler and Pablo Schreiber; Flarsky, with Charlize Theron and Andy Serkis; and Godzilla: King of Monsters, with Sally Hawkins, Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga and Bradley Whitford.

Are there any actors or actresses who you think are the faces to watch in 2018? Please share.

TOMORROW: Closing Out 2017

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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:
Switched for Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Marvel’s The Avengers movie on Syfy

6:10 PM:
Daredevil movie on HBO

7 PM:
Rocky Mountain Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)

7:30 PM:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 movie on Freeform
Twister movie on CMT

8 PM:
Royal New Year’s Eve movie on Hallmark Channel (DEBUT)
The Gifted on FOX (Reair)
San Andreas movie on TNT

9 PM:
The Christmas Secret movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Almost Famous movie on Encore
Jurassic World movie on FX
Pretty Woman movie on Spike TV

9:38 PM:
My Best Friend’s Wedding movie on Starz

10 PM:
Christmas in Evergreen movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Dear John movie on CMT


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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:

1. Fionn Whitehead – Fionn is the 20-year-old UK native whose first major role was as the protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s box office movie Dunkirk. He will next be seen in the box office film The Children Act alongside Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci.

2. Katherine Waterston – She has been a working actress since 2004, but it was her role in this year’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them followed by the lead role in Alien: Covenant that put her on the map. Her next films will be The Current War with Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland and Michael Shannon as well as the sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

3. Pearl Mackie – Landing the role as companion to the Doctor on Doctor Who is quite an accomplishment for any actor so we Pearl was chosen to play Bill Potts alongside Peter Capaldi she got the plum role.

4. Dafne Keen – This 12-year-old powerhouse made quite the impression appearing as the mutant Laura Kinney, starring alongside Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart in the box office film Logan. She will next be seen opposite Andy Garcia in the film Ana.

5. Florence Pugh – Her big break came in the lead role of the box office film Lady MacBeth that garnered her rave reviews. She is currently filming the Netflix movie Outlaw King that will also star Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Tony Curran. And she’ll appear in the upcoming films The Commuter with Liam Neeson and Fighting with My Family with Dwayne Johnson

6. Zoey Deutch – Zoey’s parents are actress Lea Thompson and director Howard Deutch, and she got her big break in the film Vampire Academy; but it was her turns in the films Why Him? and Before I Fall this year that got her attention. She will next appear alongside Johnny Depp and Rosemarie DeWitt in the box office film Richard Says Goodbye.

7. Katherine Langford – This Australian actress made quite the impression on viewers in the extremely moving streaming series 13 Reasons Why that debuted on Netflix this past spring. She will next be seen in the box office film Love, Simon, starring Nick Robinson and Jennifer Garner.

8. Mckenna Grace – At the ripe age of 11, Mckenna has quite the resume, including a recurring role on the soap The Young and the Restless; playing young Emma Swan on Once Upon a Time and appearing in last year’s box office film Independence Day: Resurgence. It was this year that catapulted the youngster into the limelight, starring alongside Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer in the moving film Gifted and appearing as Kiefer Sutherland’s daughter in the TV series Designated Survivor.

9. Sofia Boutella – She made heads turn two years ago, starring in Kingsman: The Secret Service [she was the one with the running blade prosthetic legs], but she really made it big this year appearing in The Mummy alongside Tom Cruise and starring in Atomic Blonde alongside Charlize Theron. She will next be seen in Fahrenheit 451 with Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon.

10. Lola Flanery – Another young actress who has been getting a lot of attention, Lola made her debut appearance in 2015 holiday movie Last Chance for Christmas with Hilarie Burton. This year she has appeared as Caroline Dhavernas’s daughter in the TV series Mary Kills People; as the doomed Lila DeWitt in the short-lived series The Mist and as the younger version of the Seelie Queen in the Freeform series Shadowhunters. She also played the older daughter of Reese Witherspoon in the box office film Home Again. She will next be seen in the upcoming new season of The CW series The 100.

11. Kumail Nanjiani – The only other male actor on this list, Kumail has a lengthy resume, including roles on the TV shows Franklin & Bash, the comedy series Portlandia and the HBO series Silicon Valley. But it was the heavily-autobiographical film The Big Sick, for which he starred and co-wrote with his wife Emily V. Gordon, which took the country by storm. He also provided his voice to the animated film The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

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

TOMORROW: New Faces of 2018

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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:
Dirty Dancing movie on WETV

6 PM:
Christmas Getaway movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)

6:05 PM:
St. Elmo’s Fire movie on TMC

6:10 PM:
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage movie on EPIX

7 PM:
I’ll Be Home for Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day movie on BBC America

7:55 PM:
John Wick: Chapter 2 movie on HBO

8 PM:
Christmas Next Door movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Star Trek Beyond movie on EPIX
Dirty Dancing movie on WETV

9 PM:
Christmas in Angel Falls movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)
Cast Away movie on Encore
Furious 7 movie on FX

10 PM:
My Christmas Dream movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)


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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.

As I have stated for years, the networks, unfortunately, have become far too dependent on the very limiting 18-39 year old viewers and are continuing to ignore – NO! – overlook the rest of the viewers who are outside of that age group.

Needless to say, it has been my mission for years to focus only 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 approximately June, covering the last half of the 2016-2017 TV season:

NCIS (CBS) – 14.2 million viewers
Bull (CBS) – 10.6 million viewers
This Is Us (NBC) – 10 million viewers
Blue Bloods and NCIS: Los Angeles (both CBS) – 9.5 million viewers
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – 9.4 million viewers
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) – 8.9 million viewers
Madam Secretary (CBS) – 7.8 million viewers
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 7.7 million viewers
MacGyver (CBS) – 7.4 million viewers
Scorpion and Criminal Minds (both CBS) – 7.1 million viewers
Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. (both NBC) – 6.7 million viewers
Empire (FOX) and Chicago Med (NBC) – 6.5 million viewers
Lethal Weapon (FOX) – 6.2 million viewers
Chicago Justice (NBC) * and Code Black (CBS) – 6.1 million viewers
Scandal (ABC) – 5.7 million viewers
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) – 5.6 million viewers
Taken (NBC) and Pure Genius (CBS) * – 5.3 million viewers
Designated Survivor (ABC) – 5.2 million viewers
24: Legacy (FOX) – 5.1 million viewers *
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS) *; How to Get Away With Murder (ABC) and The Blacklist (NBC) – 4.9 million viewers
Elementary (CBS) – 4.7 million viewers
Blindspot (NBC) – 4.4 million viewers
Shades of Blue (NBC) – 4.3 million viewers
Lucifer and Star (both FOX) and The Blacklist: Redemption * and Grimm (NBC) * – 4.1 million viewers
Gotham (FOX) – 3.6 million viewers
Shots Fired (FOX) * and Ransom (CBS) – 3.5 million viewers
APB (FOX) *; Training Day (CBS) * and The Catch (ABC) * – 3.4 million viewers
Timeless (NBC) – 3.3 million viewers
Bones (FOX) – 3.2 million viewers *
Quantico (ABC) and Emerald City (NBC) * – 3 million viewers
Rosewood (FOX) – 2.7 million viewers *
Prison Break (FOX) *; Once Upon a Time (ABC) and The Flash (The CW) – 2.6 million viewers
Conviction (ABC) – 2.4 million viewers *
Doubt (CBS) – 2.3 million viewers *
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) – 2.2 million viewers
Time After Time (ABC) * and Supergirl (The CW) – 2.1 million viewers
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) * and American Crime (ABC) * – 1.9 million viewers
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – 1.7 million viewers
Arrow and Supernatural (both The CW) – 1.6 million viewers
The 100; Riverdale; The Originals and The Vampire Diaries * (all The CW) – 1 million viewers
Jane the Virgin (The CW) – 951,000 viewers
iZombie (The CW) – 977,000 viewers
Reign (The CW) – 771,000 viewers *
Frequency (The CW) – 765,000 viewers *
No Tomorrow (The CW) – 648,000 viewers *
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW) – 598,000 viewers

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

The second list covers all of the cable network dramas from that same time period – January through June:

The Walking Dead (AMC) – 10.8 million viewers
The Haves and Have Nots (OWN) – 2.6 million viewers
Vikings (History Channel) – 2.5 million viewers
Major Crimes (TNT) – 2.4 million viewers *
When Calls the Heart (Hallmark Channel) – 2.2 million viewers
Into the Badlands (AMC) – 2 million viewers
If Loving You Is Wrong (OWN) and The Librarians (TNT) – 1.9 million viewers
Better Call Saul (AMC) – 1.7 million viewers
Six (History Channel) – 1.6 million viewers
Shooter (USA Network) and Greenleaf (OWN) – 1.4 million viewers
Homeland (Showtime); Suits (USA Network) and Bates Motel (A&E) * – 1.3 million viewers
Taboo (FX); The Son (AMC) and Big Little Lies (HBO) – 1.2 million viewers
The Breaks (VH1/BET); Too Close to Home (TLC) ^ and Fargo (FX) ^ – 1.1 million viewers
Nashville (CMT) – 977,000 viewers
Being Mary Jane (BET) – 969,000 viewers *
Legion (FX) – 938,000 viewers
Genius (National Geographic) – 927,000 viewers
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform) – 899,000 viewers *
Billions (Showtime) – 874,000 viewers
Good Behavior (TNT) – 863,000 viewers
The Leftovers (HBO) – 853,000 viewers *
Colony (USA Network) – 814,000 viewers
The Quad (BET) – 802,000 viewers
The Magicians (Syfy) – 789,000 viewers
The White Princess (Starz) – 788,000 viewers
Outsiders (WGN America) – 773,000 viewers *
The Americans (FX) – 758,000 viewers
Imposters (Bravo) – 731,000 viewers
The Fosters (Freeform) – 716,000 viewers
American Gods (Starz) – 714,000 viewers
Shadowhunters (Freeform) – 701,000 viewers
The Arrangement (E!) – 665,000 viewers
The Affair (Showtime) – 653,000 viewers
Mary Kills People (Lifetime) – 632,000 viewers
Doctor Who (BBC America) – 620,000 viewers
Sun Records (CMT) * and The Young Pope (HBO) ^ – 585,000 viewers
Underground (WGN America) – 567,000 viewers *
The Expanse (Syfy) – 508,000 viewers
Switched at Birth (Freeform) *; Black Sails (Starz) * and The Royals (E!) – 501,000 viewers
Incorporated (Syfy) – 457,000 viewers *
Teen Wolf (MTV) – 452,000 viewers *
Rebel (BET) – 448,000 viewers ^
Beyond (Freeform) – 444,000 viewers
Humans (AMC) – 408,000 viewers
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (Bravo) – 376,000 viewers
12 Monkeys (Syfy) – 346,000 viewers
Famous in Love (Freeform) – 331,000 viewers
Class (BBC America) – 274,000 viewers *
Salem (WGN America) – 249,000 viewers *
Sweet/Vicious (MTV) – 178,000 viewers *
Hap and Leonard (SundanceTV) – 174,000 viewers
The Missing (Starz) – 169,000 viewers ^
Guerrilla (Showtime) – 102,000 viewers *
Gomorrah (SundanceTV) – 55,000 viewers ^

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

NOTE: Ratings for the following shows could not be tracked down: Heartland (UP TV), Mercy Street, Sherlock and Victoria (all on PBS) and Rogue and Ice (both on DirecTV).

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

The Night Shift (NBC) – 4.2 million viewers *
Salvation (CBS) – 3.6 million viewers
Zoo (CBS) – 3 million viewers *
Midnight, Texas (NBC) – 2.9 million viewers ^
Doubt (CBS) – 2.3 million viewers *
Somewhere Between (ABC) – 1.9 million viewers ^
Still Star-Crossed (ABC) – 1.5 million viewers *
Hooten & the Lady (The CW) – 961,000 viewers *

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

The fourth list covers all of the dramas that aired on the cable networks over the summer from about the middle of May through the first couple weeks of October:

Game of Thrones (HBO) – 10.3 million viewers
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) – 2.6 million viewers
The Haves and the Have Nots (OWN) – 2.5 million viewers
Good Witch (Hallmark Channel) – 2.1 million viewers
Power (Starz); Chesapeake Shores (Hallmark Channel) ^ and The Sinner (USA Network) – 1.8 million viewers
Queen Sugar (OWN) – 1.7 million viewers
The Last Ship (TNT); Suits (USA Network) and Greenleaf (OWN) – 1.5 million viewers
Preacher (AMC); Queen of the South and Shooter (both on USA Network) and Animal Kingdom (TNT) – 1.2 million viewers
Ray Donovan (Showtime) – 1.1 million viewers
The Strain (FX) – 983,000 viewers *
Manhunt: Unabomber (Discovery Channel) – 888,000 viewers
Being Mary Jane (BET) – 747,000 viewers
Younger (TV Land) – 735,000 viewers
Nashville (CMT) – 722,000 viewers
The Fosters (Freeform) – 688,000 viewers
Turn: Washington’s Spies (AMC) – 630,000 viewers *
Killjoys (Syfy) – 624,000 viewers
Dark Matter (Syfy) – 569,000 viewers *
Wynonna Earp (Syfy) – 499,000 viewers
The Mist (Spike TV) – 462,000 viewers *
Teen Wolf (MTV) – 461,000 viewers *
Blood Drive (Syfy) – 393,000 viewers *
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (Bravo) – 392,000 viewers
Will (TNT) – 383,000 viewers *
The Bold Type (Freeform) – 325,000 viewers
Broadchurch (BBC America) – 319,000 viewers *
Orphan Black (BBC America) – 274,000 viewers *
Twin Peaks (Showtime) – 248,000 viewers ^
Cleverman (SundanceTV) – 69,000 viewers ^

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

NOTE: Ratings for the following show could not be tracked down: Grantchester, Prime Suspect: Tennison, Remember Me, Endeavour, The Tunnel: Sabotage (all on PBS); Mr. Mercedes (DirecTV) and Date My Dad (UP TV).

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

The Walking Dead (AMC) – 8.6 million viewers
American Horror Story: Cult (FX) – 2.2 million viewers
Major Crimes (TNT) – 2.1 million viewers *
Vikings (History Channel) – 1.7 million viewers ^
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) – 1.6 million viewers
Outlander (Starz); The Librarians (TNT) ^ and Knightfall (History Channel) ^ – 1.5 million viewers
Queen Sugar (OWN) – 1.3 million viewers
The Deuce (HBO) – 879,000 viewers
Happy (Syfy) – 775,000 viewers ^
Damnation (USA Network) – 729,000 viewers ^
The Long Road Home (National Geographic Channel) – 599,000 viewers
Good Behavior (TNT) – 595,000 viewers
Z Nation (Syfy) – 590,000 viewers
Mr. Robot (USA Network) – 529,000 viewers
Van Helsing (Syfy) – 412,000 viewers ^
Channel Zero: No-End House (Syfy) – 405,000 viewers
Gunpowder (HBO) – 393,000 viewers
Superstition (Syfy) – 364,000 viewers ^
Ghost Wars (Syfy) – 350,000 viewers ^
The Shannara Chronicles (SpikeTV) – 246,000 viewers **
Halt & Catch Fire (AMC) – 226,000 viewers *
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (BBC America) – 221,000 viewers *
Liar (SundanceTV) – 109,000 viewers (average)

* denotes all those shows that have since been cancelled or came to a planned ending
^ denotes all the shows missing at least one episode aired during the last week of December
** denotes the shows that have yet to be renewed

NOTE: Ratings for the following shows could not be tracked down: Versailles and The Halcyon (both on Ovation); Poldark, Last Tango in Halifax and The Durrells of Corfu (all on PBS) and Berlin Station (EPIX).

The sixth and final list covers all of the major network dramas that aired during the first half of the 2017-2018 TV season, covering September to approximately mid-December:

NCIS (CBS) – 12.8 million viewers
The Good Doctor (ABC) – 10.6 million viewers
This Is Us (NBC) – 10.5 million viewers
Bull (CBS) – 10.3 million viewers
Blue Bloods (CBS) – 9.1 million viewers
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – 9 million viewers
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) – 8.6 million viewers
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 7.8 million viewers
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – 7.7 million viewers
Wisdom of the Crowd * and SEAL Team (both CBS) – 7.5 million viewers
MacGyver (CBS) – 6.8 million viewers
S.W.A.T. (CBS) – 6.4 million viewers
Madam Secretary (CBS) and Chicago Fire and Chicago Med (both NBC) – 6.3 million viewers
Chicago P.D. (NBC) – 6.1 million viewers
Criminal Minds (CBS) – 6 million viewers
Empire (FOX) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) – 5.8 million viewers
The Blacklist (NBC) – 5.5 million viewers
The Brave (NBC) and Scorpion (CBS) – 5.2 million viewers
Scandal (ABC) – 5 million viewers
Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Murders (NBC) – 4.7 million viewers
Designated Survivor (ABC) – 4.4 million viewers
Star (FOX) – 4.3 million viewers
Lethal Weapon and The Orville (both FOX) – 4 million viewers
How to Get Away With Murder (ABC) – 3.8 million viewers
Blindspot (NBC) – 3.5 million viewers
Lucifer and The Gifted (both FOX) – 3.4 million viewers
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC) – 3 million viewers
Gotham (FOX) – 2.8 million viewers
Marvel’s Inhumans (ABC) – 2.6 million viewers
Once Upon a Time (ABC) – 2.5 million viewers
The Flash (The CW) – 2.4 million viewers
Ten Days in the Valley (ABC) – 2.2 million viewers * ^
Supergirl (The CW) – 1.9 million viewers
Supernatural (The CW) and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) – 1.8 million viewers
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – 1.7 million viewers
Riverdale (The CW) – 1.6 million viewers
Arrow (The CW) – 1.5 million viewers
The Exorcist (FOX) – 1.4 million viewers
Valor (The CW) – 1 million viewers *
Dynasty (The CW) – 806,000 viewers
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW) – 667,000 viewers
Jane the Virgin (The CW) – 654,000 viewers

* denotes all those shows that have come to a planned ending or not received additional episode orders
^ denotes all the shows missing at least one episode aired during the last week of December

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

1. It goes without saying that NCIS is the reigning champ for yet another TV season. In fact, CBS is still the top network overall, once again, with more dramas in the top 10 than any other network. The Good Doctor was the top rated new drama for the fall TV season. Elementary and Doubt were the lowest rated shows for the network for the first part of the year while Criminal Minds ranked lowest for the fall TV season.

2. Grey’s Anatomy repeats as the number one drama on ABC with Scandal coming in a close second. The short-lived Time After Time and American Crime were the lowest rated dramas for the first part of the year with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Ten Days in the Valley coming in as the lowest dramas for the fall TV season.

3. Empire was the highest rated drama on FOX again this whole year with the cancelled Sleepy Hollow coming in as the lowest rated drama for the first part of the TV year and The Exorcist being the lowest rated drama for the fall TV season.

4. It is no great surprise that This Is Us is the top rated drama for the entire TV year for NBC while Emerald City came in as the lowest drama for the first part of the year while Blindspot ranked at the bottom for the fall TV season.

5. The Flash is still the top rated drama on The CW; but Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend have been taking turns being the lowest rated dramas for the first part of the year and the fall TV season.

6. As for the cable networks, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones fought it out for the top slot as highest rated cable drama while several of the dramas on SundanceTV – Gomorrah, Cleverman and Liar – were the lowest rated dramas of the entire year.

The final list – which is VERY long – covers all of the made-for-TV movies, mini-series, event series and specials that aired during 2017 on both the major and cable networks for which ratings could be tracked down.

Here is the LONG list:

Dirty Dancing (ABC) – 6.6 million

Descendants 2 (Disney) – 5.3 million
Switched for Christmas (Hallmark Channel) – 5.2 million

The Christmas Train (Hallmark Channel) – 4.9 million
The Christmas Cottage (Hallmark Channel) – 4.6 million
A Christmas Story Live (FOX) – 4.5 million
Christmas Getaway (Hallmark Channel) – 4.4 million
Christmas Next Door (Hallmark Channel) – 4.4 million
Coming Home for Christmas (Hallmark Channel) – 4.1 million
Finding Santa (Hallmark Channel) – 4.1 million
The New Edition Story (BET) [Three-Part Mini-Series] – 4.1 million
Christmas Connection (Hallmark Channel) – 4 million
Christmas in Evergreen (Hallmark Channel) – 4 million

A Gift to Remember (Hallmark Channel) – 3.9 million
Christmas at Holly Lodge (Hallmark Channel) – 3.9 million
The Sweetest Christmas (Hallmark Channel) – 3.9 million
Sharing Christmas (Hallmark Channel) – 3.7 million
Enchanted Christmas (Hallmark Channel) – 3.6 million
Miss Christmas (Hallmark Channel) – 3.6 million
When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree (Hallmark Channel) – 3.6 million
With Love, Christmas (Hallmark Channel) – 3.6 million
A Rose for Christmas (Hallmark Channel) – 3.5 million
Marry Me at Christmas (Hallmark Channel) – 3.4 million
The Mistletoe Inn (Hallmark Channel) – 3.4 million
Christmas Festival of Ice (Hallmark Channel) – 3.2 million

When We Rise (4-night mini-series) [ABC] – 2.9 million
All of My Heart: Inn Love (Hallmark Channel) – 2.8 million
Love on Ice (Hallmark Channel) – 2.8 million
A Harvest Wedding (Hallmark Channel) – 2.7 million
A Royal Winter (Hallmark Channel) – 2.7 million
Good Witch: Spellbound (Hallmark Channel) – 2.7 million
Harvest Love (Hallmark Channel) – 2.7 million
Falling for Vermont (Hallmark Channel) – 2.6 million
Love Struck Café (Hallmark Channel) – 2.6 million
A Dash of Love (Hallmark Channel) – 2.5 million
Moonlight in Vermont (Hallmark Channel) – 2.5 million
The Birthday Wish (Hallmark Channel) – 2.4 million
The Perfect Catch (Hallmark Channel) – 2.4 million
Walking the Dog (Hallmark Channel) – 2.4 million
Campfire Kiss (Hallmark Channel) – 2.3 million
Wedding March 2: Resorting to Love (Hallmark Channel) – 2.3 million
Beaches (Lifetime) – 2.2 million
Destination Wedding (Hallmark Channel) – 2.2 million
Love at First Bark (Hallmark Channel) – 2.2 million
Love at the Shore (Hallmark Channel) – 2.2 million
Love Blossoms (Hallmark Channel) – 2.2 million
Rocky Mountain Christmas (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 2.2 million
Sun, Sand and Romance (Hallmark Channel) – 2.2 million
I Am Elizabeth Smart (Lifetime) – 2.1 million
My Favorite Wedding (Hallmark Channel) – 2.1 million
Romance at Reindeer Lodge (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 2.1 million
The Christmas Cure (Hallmark Channel) – 2.1 million
All For Love (Hallmark Channel) – 2 million
Eat, Play, Love (Hallmark Channel) – 2 million
Like Cats and Dogs (Hallmark Channel) – 2 million
Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland (Lifetime) – 2 million
Summer in the Vineyard (Hallmark Channel) 2 million
The Perfect Bride (Hallmark Channel) – 2 million

The Art of Us (Hallmark Channel) – 1.9 million
Engaging Father Christmas (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.8 million
Christmas in Angel Falls (Hallmark Channel) – 1.8 million
A Bramble House Christmas (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.7 million
Garage Sale Mystery: Murder By Text (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.7 million
Karen Kingsbury’s Maggie’s Christmas Miracle (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.7 million
Christmas Homecoming (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.6 million
Garage Sale Mystery: A Case of Murder (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.6 million
Garage Sale Mystery: The Beach Murders (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.6 million
While You Were Dating (Hallmark Channel) – 1.6 million
New York Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell (Lifetime) – 1.5 million
The Wizard of Lies (HBO) – 1.5 million
A Bundle of Trouble: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.4 million
Christmas In the Air (Hallmark Channel) – 1.4 million
Double Mommy (Lifetime) – 1.4 million
Feud: Bette & Joan (8-part mini-series) [FX] – 1.4 million
Garage Sale Mystery: Murder Most Medieval (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.4 million
Magical Christmas Ornaments (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.4 million
Mommy, I Didn’t Do It (Lifetime) – 1.4 million
Mommy’s Little Boy (Lifetime) – 1.4 million
Snowed-Inn Christmas (Lifetime) – 1.4 million
Stalker’s Prey (Lifetime) – 1.4 million
The Lost Wife of Robert Durst (Lifetime) – 1.4 million
A Song for Christmas (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.3 million
An Uncommon Grace (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.3 million
At Home in Mitford (Hallmark Channel) – 1.3 million
Christmas in Mississippi (Lifetime) – 1.3 million
Concrete Evidence: A Fixer Upper Mystery (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.3 million
Dead Over Heels: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.3 million
Framed for Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.3 million
Home of Christmas Day (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.3 million
Love at First Glance (Hallmark Channel) – 1.3 million
Menendez Blood Brothers (Lifetime) – 1.3 million
Murder She Baked: Just Desserts (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.3 million
Psych: The Movie (USA Network) – 1.3 million
The Other Mother (Lifetime) – 1.3 million
The Perfect Christmas Present (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.3 million
The Wrong Mother (Lifetime) – 1.3 million
Wrapped Up in Christmas (Lifetime) – 1.3 million
A Joyous Christmas (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.2 million
Blood Father (USA Network) – 1.2 million
Cradle Swapping (Lifetime) – 1.2 million
Christmas Encore (Hallmark Channel) – 1.2 million
Custody (Lifetime) – 1.2 million
From Straight A’s to XXX (Lifetime) – 1.2 million
Love by the 10th Date (Lifetime) – 1.2 million
Signed Sealed Delivered: Home Again (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.2 million
Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.2 million
A Very Merry Toy Store (Lifetime) – 1.1 million
Doctor Who Twice Upon a Time Christmas Special (BBC America) – 1.1 million
Garage Sale Mystery: The Art of Murder (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.1 million
Hailey Dean Mystery: Dating is Murder (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.1 million viewers
Hailey Dean Mystery: Deadly Estate (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.1 million
Love Locks (Hallmark Channel) – 1.1 million
My Christmas Prince (Lifetime) – 1.1 million
Signed Sealed and Delivered: Higher Ground (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.1 million
Sinister Minister (Lifetime) – 1.1 million
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO) – 1.1 million
The Perfect Soulmate (Lifetime) – 1.1 million
The Wrong Neighbor (Lifetime) – 1.1 million
Under the Bed (Lifetime) – 1.1 million
Britney Ever After (Lifetime) 1 million
Open Marriage (Lifetime) – 1 million

Story of a Girl (Lifetime) – 998,000
The Watcher in the Woods (Lifetime) – 998,000
Oscar Pistorius: The Blade Runner Killer (Lifetime) – 997,000
High School Lover (Lifetime) – 974,000
The Sandman (Syfy) – 962,000
Infidelity in Suburbia (Lifetime) – 961,000
Darrow & Darrow (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 943,000
Fatal Defense (Lifetime) – 931,000
My Daughter Is Missing (Lifetime) – 925,000
Four Christmases and a Wedding (Lifetime) – 951,000
Flint (Lifetime) – 894,000
Gourmet Detective: Eat, Drink and Be Buried (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 887,000
A Surrogate’s Nightmare (Lifetime) – 815,000
Girl Followed (Lifetime) – 790,000
Tiny House of Terror (Lifetime) – 768,000
Sea Change (Lifetime) – 750,000
The Kennedys: After Camelot (Reelz Channel) – 743,000
Killer Mom (Lifetime) – 742,000
House of the Witch (Syfy) – 698,000
Deadly Sorority (Lifetime) – 696,000
Bobbi Kristina (TV One) – 660,000
Ten: Murder Island (Lifetime) – 651,000
The Wrong Bed: Naked Pursuit (Lifetime Movie Network) – 636,000
Secrets of My Stepdaughter (Lifetime) – 617,000
Daughter for Sale (Lifetime) – 608,000
Deadly Secrets by the Lake (Lifetime Movie Network) – 580,000
NeverKnock (Syfy) – 570,000
Girls Night Out (Lifetime Movie Network) – 564,000
A Very Country Christmas (UP TV) – 547,000
The Christmas Calendar (UP TV) – 532,000
The Stickman (Syfy) – 525,000
Angry Angel (Freeform) – 435,000
12 Days of Giving (UP TV) – 407,000
Drink, Slay, Love (Lifetime) – 407,000
Christmas Solo (UP TV) – 351,000
A Winter Wedding (UP TV) – 287,000
Top of the Lake: China Girl (SundanceTV) – 262,000
Miss Me This Christmas (TV One) – 257,000
You Can’t Fight Christmas (TV One) – 247,000
Downsized (TV One) – 204,000

NOTE: The Hallmark Channel movie Royal New Year’s Eve won’t air until December 30, 2017 and cannot be included in this article

Ratings for the following made-for-TV movies and/or mini-series could not be tracked down or weren’t available in time for this post:

A Royal Christmas Ball (ION)
Anne of Green Gables: The Good Star (PBS)
Call the Midwife Holiday Special (PBS)
Christmas Cruise (ION)
Christmas Princess (UP TV)
Call the Midwife (PBS)
Dark Angel (PBS)
High-Rise Rescue (UP Channel)
Home Fires (PBS)
King Charles (PBS)
Road Less Traveled (CMT)
Runaway Christmas Bride (ION)
Second Chance Christmas (UP TV)
Snowmance (ION)
The Spruces and the Pines (ION)
To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters (PBS)

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

TOMORROW: Faces of 2017

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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:

Paddington 2
Opens: January 12

Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop — the perfect present for his beloved aunt’s 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy’s big celebration. The cast includes Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Water, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.

Proud Mary
Opens: January 12

Mary Goodwin (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful hit-woman working for an organized crime family in Boston. However, her life is completely shifted when a professional hit goes wrong and she leaves a young boy orphaned. The film also stars Billy Brown, Danny Glover, Neal McDonough, Xander Berkeley and Rade Serbedzija.

The Commuter
Opens: January 12

Insurance salesman Michael (Liam Neeson) is on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga), Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding, and he is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that carries life and death stakes for everyone on the train. The film also stars Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, Elizabeth McGovern, Sam Neill and Florence Pugh.

12 Strong
Opens: January 19

Following the September 11 attacks, Task Force Dagger, including CIA paramilitary officers and a US Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 595 12 member team, are sent to Afghanistan. They join forces with General Abdul Rashid Dostum of the Northern Alliance to help conduct unconventional warfare against Taliban forces. The cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, Navid Negahban, Geoff Stults, Thad Luckinbill, William Fichtner, Rob Riggle, Elsa Pataky and Austin Stowell.

Den of Thieves
Opens: January 19

The film is a gritty Los Angeles crime saga which follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Department and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles. The film stars Gerard Butler, Curits “50 Cent” Jackson, Pablo Schreiber and O’Shea Jackson, Jr.

Forever My Girl
Opens: January 19

A music superstar reunites with his first love and realizes the steep price he has paid for his success based on the novel by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin. Liam Page (Alex Roe) and his high-school sweetheart Josie Preston (Jessica Rothe) were the golden couple of Saint Augustine, Louisiana, until Liam left her at the altar for a shot at fame and fortune. Eight years later, Liam returns to his tiny hometown for the first time as a world-famous recording artist, but not even his own father is thrilled to see him. As he tries to rebuild the bridges he burned years earlier, Liam reconnects with his small-town roots, his close-knit community and Josie, the girl he left behind. As he attempts to reclaim everything he loved and lost, Josie does her best to keep him out of her heart, but life has one more surprise waiting for Liam, one that could change everything, in this heartwarming look at love, family and second chances. The cast includes Travis Tritt and Judith Hoag.

The Leisure Seeker
Opens: January 19

A runaway couple who embarks on a cross-country journey from Boston to the Florida Keys in their vintage camper to escape from the suffocating care of their doctors and grown children. The film stars Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren and Janel Moloney.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Opens: January 26

In the conclusion to the Maze Runner trilogy, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. The cast includes Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito, Walton Goggins, Ki Hong Lee, Aidan Gillen, Patricia Clarkson, Will Poulter and Barry Pepper [among others].

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

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