ESPN #1 In U.S. As ‘Matty Melts’. ABC Tops Broadcast. BBC One #1 In UK. Univision Beats FOX & The CW.

‘Matty Melt’ threw another clutch interception, turning a game winning or tie scoring drive into defeat. The closing of legendary Candlestick Park in San Francisco, which was one of the coldest places to watch a sporting event because it is surrounded on two sides by the very cold San Francisco Bay, witnessed its final game between the Atlanta Falcons playing the San Francisco 49ers in their throw back uniforms, as presented on ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’. It was ‘Matty Melt’ who once again failed to deliver as the 49ers won by 10 points. The cable telecast was simulcast on the CBS affiliate in San Francisco and the ABC affiliate in Atlanta. As a result, ABC and CBS numbers may be inflated and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals. Final number will be posted when they come in.

On broadcast, ABC won the evening behind an all Christmas rerun night. At 8P, ‘Shrek The Halls’ drew 4.72 million while at 830P, ‘A Chipmunk Christmas’ drew 4.59 million. At 9P, ‘The Great Christmas Light Fight’ for the upteenth time drew 5.25 million. The Alphabet Network threw the night away as their sister network, ESPN, would be the clear winner.

On NBC, was all original, which in itself was original for The Peacock Network. It began the evening with the finale of ‘The Sing-Off’ at 8P and drew a time leading drew 5.19 million viewers. At 10P, it introduced ‘Hollywood Game Night’ which drew 3.46 million. Bold move by the boys and girls at 30 Rock and they should be complimented on their effort in turing a low viewership evening just before Christmas into something which was original.

CBS ran their regular line up, with one exception, and all were reruns. At 8P, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ drew 4.67 million while at 830P, ‘2 Broke Girls’ brought in 5.03 million. At 9P, ‘Mike & Molly’ was again the top Tiffany Network program on Monday with 5.67 million while at 930P, ‘Mom’ drew 4.97 million. But it was at 10P, where the exception was made. It brought in ‘Elementary’ to fill the place of the very disappointing ‘Hostages’ and it was a boost for the network as Sherlock and Dr. Watson drew 4.44 million viewers with a rerun.

FOX brought its freshmen Monday night programs in reruns and at 8P, ‘Almost Human’ drew million while at 9P, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ posted million viewers. The Animal Network of Broadcast did what it had to do. It presented what it has with hopes of drawing a few new eyeballs to these programs, both of which deserve renewals as they have fought the good fight throughout the football season. Both are inventive and good programs. FOX did a great job in keeping these on the air, even if it was against all odds of pulling bigger numbers.

The CW gave us another rerun of ‘The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball’ and it drew what we knew it would draw, less than a million viewers….980,000 viewers to be exact.

For the record, ABC was the top broadcast network and drew 5.025 million viewers. CBS came in next with 4.869 million. NBC finished with 4.614 million. Univision drew 2.615 million while FOX came in with 2.153 million. The CW drew 979,000 viewers.


BBC One had ‘Celebrity Mastermind’ at 7P drawing 4.08 million (18%) while ‘A Question of Sport’ drew 4.07 million (17.4%). At 830P, ‘Would I Lie To You?’ was viewed by 3.51 million (13.9%). John Bishop’s ‘Christmas Show’, at 9P, topped Monday’s ratings outside of soaps, was watched by 4.75 million (19.9% share of available audience).

BBC Two had a classic festive episode of ‘The Good Life’ at 7P and was seen by 1.51 million (6.4%). ‘University Challenge’ brought in 2.63 million (10.7%) at 8P, while at 830P, ‘Jane Eyre’ was watched by 1.82 million (7.6%).

ITV’s final episode of ‘Tales from Northumberland’ brought in 3.04 million (12.3%) at 8P. At 9P, Gary Barlow’s special ‘Journey to Afghanistan’ was viewed by 3.06 million (12.7%).

Channel 4 at 7P had ‘Nigella Bites’ with 817,000 viewers (3.6%). At 8P, ‘Food Unwrapped’ drew 1.02 million (4.1%). At 9P, ‘Heston’s Great British Food’ grabbed 820,000 viewers attention (3.4%). Then at 10P, the final ‘Fresh Meat’ drew 609,000 (3.1%).

Channel 5’s ‘Gadget Show’ had 562,000 viewers (2.2%) at 8P. The ‘Most Shocking Celebrity Moments of 2013’ grabbed 1.10 million viewers (5.7%) at 9P.

BBC Three at 9P had the Christmas ‘Gavin & Stacey’ episode which drew 790,000 (3.3%).

BBC Four’s ‘Only Connect’ puzzled 865,000 viewers (3.4%) at 830P.

E4 at 10P had ‘Made in Chelsea’ Christmas special and drew 581,000 viewers (3.0%).

On ITV2, at 9P, the final episode of Peter Andre’s ‘My Life’ had 802,000 (3.4%).

Of note, ‘Last Tango In Halifax’ was renewed by BBC for a third season.

No matter where you were on Monday around the world, people were…

Switching Channels!

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