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2017 is the year of celebrities being outed as part of the #MeToo campaign. The latest one to be outed was Johnny Iuzzini, a judge on The Great American Baking Show, whose much-promoted new season just began. The Great Christmas Light Fight and CMA Country Christmas are set to air on ABC in its place next week.

What do you think? Did ABC make the right decision? Let us know in the comments below!
Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 12/12/17. Items of note include coverage of the Alabama Senate Election on CNN, MSNBC, & Fox News, At Home with Amy Sedaris on Tru, and The Joker's Wild on TBS.
(Note: Click any show with its name in green or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)
Show
Network
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
Anderson Cooper 360CNN0.963.49
Anderson Cooper 360CNN0.913.19
NBA: 76ers v. TimberwolvesESPN0.781.69
NBA: Lakers v. KnicksESPN0.771.78
Curse of Oak IslandHistory0.773.01
WWE SmackdownUSA0.712.48
Last Word with Larry O'DonnellMSNBC0.623.75
Anderson Cooper 360CNN0.612.46
Anderson Cooper 360CNN0.62.34
Fixer UpperHGTV0.542.44
The 11th Hour w/ Brian WilliamsMSNBC0.543.65
Chrisley Knows BestUSA0.521.56
MoonshinersDiscovery0.491.55
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.463.10
CNN TonightCNN0.461.70
The Ingraham AngleFox News0.453.49
SportscenterESPN0.440.93
HannityFox News0.43.80
The Hunt for the Zodiac KillerHistory0.391.44
All In with Chris HayesMSNBC0.382.61
Snoop Dogg's The Joker's WildTBS0.360.83
Erin Burnett OutFrontCNN0.361.47
House Hunters: Outside the BoxHGTV0.361.67
Tucker Carlson TonightFox News0.353.35
Pardon the InterruptionESPN0.340.95
Off the chart, At Home with Amy Sedaris scored a series high 0.13. Major Crimes fell to 0.2. CNN's At This Hour sank to 0.12, while Wolf was steady 0.18 and The Lead with Jake Tapper down to 0.2. MSNBC's Morning Joe was up to 0.13 and Deadline: White House was up to 0.15. Velshi & Ruhle was down to 0.11. TBS's Conan was up to 0.15, while The Daily Show sank to 0.19.



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USA's veteran drama series Mr. Robot is returning for at least one more season. The acclaimed drama, which won an Emmy for star Rami Malek and a Golden Globe for co-star Christian Slater, is set to return for a fourth season. This move was announced today by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, ahead of the season three finale. The show has averaged a so-so 0.22 during season three, a 27% decline from season two. Check out the ratings for all of the season below:

What do you think of this news? Are you excited for more Mr. Robot? Let us know in the comments below!
Analysis to come.
Time
Show
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PMThe Voice1.7/79.75NBC

NCIS1.4/612.46CBS

The Middle1.3/65.74ABC

Lethal Weapon1.0/44.12Fox

Greatest Holiday Commercial Countdown 20170.3/11.04The CW
8:30 PMFresh Off the Boat1.0/43.92ABC
9 PMBull1.3/510.82CBS

Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas1.2/57.17NBC

Blackish1.2/54.34ABC

Brooklyn Nine-Nine0.7/31.96Fox

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (R)0.2/10.79The CW
9:30 PMThe Mayor0.8/32.84ABC

Brooklyn Nine-Nine0.7/31.70Fox
10 PMChicago Med1.1/56.24NBC

NCIS: New Orleans0.9/38.19CBS

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World0.6/32.50ABC

***Spoilers Ahead***

Game Night/The Favor


Joe Lo Truglio (left), Andy Samberg (right). Photo: FOX
Game Night
After revealing to Charles that she was bisexual, the only logical step would be for Rosa to come out to the squad and her parents before Boyle reveals it. Of course, the former works out a lot better than the latter. Through this, 'Game Night' manages to kill two birds with one stone. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is able to use the episode as an outlet for Rosa to come out while simultaneously introducing us to Diaz's parents.

The A-plot focuses on Rosa coming out to her parents (one of them being Danny Trejo) during a dinner with the help of Jake. The situation escalates in a bad way when her parents believe that Rosa came to tell them that she was dating Jake. At first, it seemed as if 'Game Night' would continue this rather cliche plot-line for the bulk of the episode. But, the writers switch things up and Rosa comes out to her parents fairly early in the episode. Ultimately, Trejo and Merediz nail their portrayal as the traditional, uptight couple. Nevertheless, I felt like Trejo's character warmed up to Rosa being bisexual far too quickly. While I am happy that the episode ended on a good note, it seemed rather unrealistic that he would change his mind after just one night. It also ruined the rather emotional scene where Rosa stormed off after her parents chose not to accept her. Still, the episode handled the situation in a worthy fashion with both comedy and drama in its arsenal. Also, the pairing of Peralta and Diaz worked very well and it made perfect sense that Jake was the one that Rosa trusted to come with her. It debunks the close-minded outlook she had about their friendship in season 3's 'The Swedes' and emphasizes the fact that they have each other's backs.

In the second plot of the night, Gina returns in order to help the squad save their internet speed. If you're familiar with Linetti-based stories, they almost always end with her saving the day despite not really understanding the situation. This episode was no different. Despite the repetitiveness, her emotional take-down of the rude internet guy was still relatively amusing. Afterwards, the episode sloppily tried to write off Gina only to cop-out after a couple minutes. If they were going to go that route, it would've been funnier if we had got to learn more about the person who replaced her. While it wasn't very memorable, the subplot was thoroughly enjoyable and subtly resembled the net neutrality fiasco whether intentionally or not.  

Overall, 'Game Night' was a very well-done, emotional, and hilarious episode. For the most part, the writers handled Rosa's story and the return of Gina in a solid manner. 

Grade: A-



The Favor
After re-introducing the thought of Seamus Murphy in '99',  Brooklyn Nine-Nine brings the character back in full-form in 'The Favor'. Once again, I applaud the series for keeping things compact in the continuity department. While some sitcoms might have discarded his character, Brooklyn never forgets plot points or members of the Nine-Nine universe once they are established.

In the main plot, Jake and Boyle attempt to foil the scheme of the Murphy crime family before they can complete it at the block party. Unfortunately, the only way to get information is through Kyle Murphy, the family screw-up. In all, Mike Mitchell plays the idiot goofball in phenomenal fashion. From his obsession to gaming videos to his failed rap career, everything sticks together in a believable way. While the duo manage to carry out their goal, Seamus later finds them out and the two are forced to save Kyle. The Peralta and Boyle pairing never ceases to excel comedy-wise and the addition of Kyle, a character even more cartoon-ish than Hitchcock & Scully, made things even more enjoyable to watch,

The B-plot centers on Amy and Rosa attempting to accomplish Murphy's favor, getting a permit for a block party. Overall, Santiago's classic dorky behavior carried the plot. Also, even though the 'never meet your heros plot' has been milked to death, it's still hilarious when Amy finds out that her hero is simply a crazy cat lady who barely cares about the notary system. This story manages to land and packs enough great moments to fall into the memorable category.

Finally, the C-plot shines some light into the life of Gina the working mom. Like most C-plots, it doesn't have enough time to truly develop anything. Overall, it establishes that Gina can not balance everything in life. It's a fitting and refreshing turn given how she was written as an invincible and flawless character throughout the fourth season and in 'Game Night'. 

'The Favor' ends with Seamus informing Holt that he uncovered his plan and is now going to go after his husband Kevin. After a relatively light-hearted first half, the episode ends on a sour note and takes an extremely dark twist. It opens up a ton of questions and makes one anxious to see what happens next. So, 'The Favor' produces three solid plots while also managing to drop a massive cliffhanger. Gina may not be able to juggle but the episode sure can.

Grade: A


Stray Thoughts
  • I found it hilarious that Holt thought Kyle's awful rapping was radio music.
  • Kevin and Cheddar better not die! Though, it would make sense if Kevin did since he is on 'The Good Place'.
  • Too bad we don't know when and where B99 is returning. It makes the wait even harder.
  • Can't believe that Boyle wasn't saying the innuendos for once. 
  • Hitchcock and Scully had some of the best moments in both half-hours.
  • There better be a Pontiac Bandit episode this year. 
  • Also, surprised they didn't do a Christmas episode. 
  • Vote in the poll...

Which episode was better?

Game Night
The Favor
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What did you think of these episodes? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 
It's time for Week two of the Sporcle Quizzes of the Week! This week, we'll be focusing on the wonderful songs of the season that make the month of December a little cheerier.

1) SNL - Sing a Holiday Song (Picture Click)
As you probably already know, I love SNL. Naturally, I love this quiz. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten a chance to see all of these sketches, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the ones I've seen. I even named some on my list of the best SNL Christmas sketches. SNL's Christmas sketches are great, and their songs are, too. So obviously, this quiz was going to get picked for this week's edition.
My Score: 9/9

2) Christmas Carol Mix-Tape
While I prefer the more upbeat, catchy Christmas songs to the more traditional carols, this is still a very fun quiz, since it still captures the spirit of Christmas. I will admit that I had some trouble without knowing which carols were in question here, but that doesn't take any of the fun away!
My Score: 123/267

3) Breaking Holiday News!
This is such a creative quiz, and a fresh take on Christmas songs. It's not just another variation of the name the lyrics quizzes that, despite being a fan of, get a bit tiring after awhile. It even manages to add a bit of humor, which is really a great thing in a Sporcle quiz. It takes a bit of deductive reasoning, but once you get the hang of it it's easy as can be.
My Score: 20/20

4) 'Jingle Bell Rock' Lyrics
Who hasn't heard this classic Christmas song. You'd have to live under a (jingle bell) rock to have never heard it, and it certainly is a fun one. While there's many cover of this song, I've always been partial to the original version by Bobby Helms, though I can't deny that the Hall & Oates version is great too.
My Score: 86/118

5) Adam Sandler's Chanukah
Since today is Hanukkah, I couldn't NOT include this, right? This classic that originated during Sandler's time on SNL has received many versions, but the original will always be a true classic. It's such a great song for the Hanukkah season, and even though I'm not Jewish, I still love it so, so much. Now if you excuse me, I have to go out on my yarmulke, 'cause here comes Hanukkah!
My Score: 81/89

RESULTS
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TOURNAMENT
This is week one of the  Holiday Quizzes of the Week Tournament. For each week, the number of questions you got correct on each quiz will be added up. The first place finisher receives 3 points for placing first, as well. This is the same scoring system used for previous editions, which aired throughout Summer and Fall. Please make sure to use your score for your first attempt on each quiz as your official score, in order to make things fair. Please use the below form to submit.



Full Tournament Standings:
1 (tie)- Barb, 65 points
1 (tie)- Crazy Ex-Nashville Fan , 65 points
3- Lisa, 50 points
4- Miguens, 43 points
5- WCS, 38 points
6- The TV Ratings Guy, 35 points

Thanks for playing the premiere of the Sporcle Holiday Quizzes of the Week! We'll be back next Monday for some more Christmas festivities, so make sure to RSVP yes to your invitation!

In The Middle's final Christmas episode, the Hecks and Donahues celebrate Christmas together.


S9E10 "The Christmas Miracle"

Frankie comes up with a new plan for Christmas, considering that the kids are older now. It's funny when she calls it an adult Christmas, and puts "adult" in front of other words that give it another meaning. The Hecks and the Donahues get together and have a Yankee swap (I guess there are many names for this, we call it a White Elephant). Sue's gift ends up being the snowglobe that she had found that Sean had intended to give her. Sean almost picks it the first time, and does pick it the second time, but before he can open it, he gets a text and leaves the room.

Sue goes to find Sean, and he reveals that grades were posted, and he got Bs and Cs, which he is completed not used to. Sue comforts Sean, saying that average isn't bad, and that you don't have to compare yourself to others. In the end, it turns out that the snowglobe wasn't necessary to lead to Sue and Sean get together, as they end the episode kissing. It's great that this won't be drawn out for any longer, as it was getting a little tedious.

Axl tells Frankie that he doesn't want to go to church. So, Sue and Frankie try to convince Axl to go to church. Sue is the most entertaining here, as she tries to give examples of miracles. Axl ends up getting Frankie to question her faith. At the end of the episode, Frankie realizes why she goes to church, and when she shares that with Axl, he decides to go.

In the other stories of the episode, Brick struggles to wrap a present, and Mike tries to stop one of the Glossner kids from destroying an inflatable snowman in their yard. Brick is hilarious, especially as he is bitter that no one is selecting his present. He's the highlight of the episode to me. Mike's dedication to catching the Glossner kid is also entertaining, but it doesn't have that satisfying of an ending, as he confronts the kid, but he gets away.


Brick was hilarious this week, and the Sue/Sean story finally going somewhere was great. I wish the show had gone a little stronger on a Christmas theme considering it is their last chance to, but this was still a really good episode.

Score: 9/10

What did you think of "The Christmas Miracle"? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 12/12/17. Items of note include Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings on Freeform, Morning Joe on MSNBC, and Holiday Baking Championship on Food Network.
(Note: Click any show with its name in yellow or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)
Show
Network
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
NFL: Patriots v. DolphinsESPN3.811.78
SportscenterESPN1.283.23
Love & Hip-HopVH10.941.84
WWE EntertainmentUSA0.872.88
WWE EntertainmentUSA0.852.57
WWE EntertainmentUSA0.822.61
Street OutlawsDiscovery0.771.94
Teen MomMTV0.711.32
Vanderpump RulesBravo0.631.50
Monday Night CountdownESPN0.561.61
Scared FamousVH10.511.01
Floribama ShoreMTV0.440.81
Holiday Baking ChampionshipFood0.441.58
Christmas Cookie ChallengeFood0.371.32
Disney's Fairytale Weddings: Holiday MagicFreeform0.370.90
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.353.07
People Magazine InvestigatesInvest. Discovery0.331.29
Teen Mom 2MTV0.310.59
1980s: Deadliest DecadeInvest. Discovery0.31.08
Pardon the InterruptionESPN0.270.85
HannityFox News0.262.88
America's NewsroomFox News0.262.34
Erin Burnett OutFrontCNN0.251.00
The FiveFox News0.252.61
The Ingraham AngleFox News0.252.23
Off the chart, The Daily Show was down to 0.24 while Conan sank to 0.11. The Lead with Jake Tapper was way up to 0.23, while Wolf shot up to 0.18 and At This Hour was at 0.21. MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell was down to 0.26, while Velshi & Ruhle was up to 0.12. Morning Joe was way down to 0.11, and Deadline: White House was down to 0.13.