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


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.)
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
NFL: Patriots v. DolphinsESPN3.811.78
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.
Finals Update: Better Late Than Never (-0.1), The Great Christmas Light Fight (-0.3), and The Bachelor: Coutdown to Arie (-0.3) adjusted down.
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
8 PMThe Voice1.9/710.37NBC

Kevin Can Wait1.1/46.34CBS

The Great Christmas Light Fight0.9/45.22ABC


Penn & Teller: Fool Us (R)0.3/11.06The CW
8:30 PMMan With a Plan1.0/45.68CBS
9 PMSuperior Donuts0.9/35.22CBS

The Gifted0.8/32.79Fox

Valor0.2/10.77The CW
9:30 PM9JKL0.7/34.33CBS
10 PMBetter Late Than Never (S)1.0/55.56NBC


The Bachelor: Countdown to Arie0.5/23.41CBS
On this week's Man With a Plan, Andi accuses Adam of sexism after he refuses to hire a female foreman. It should be interesting, so let's see how this plays out.

Lowell and Don tell Adam about applicants for a mall foreman job, though Andi wants them to consider a woman. Andi implies that he's a sexist, because he's saying that women aren't as good as things as men at some things. He says that no women want the job, but since he never actually gave women a chance to hear about the job, that's not a great argument. Later, the guys are conducting interviews, but all the guys are really terrible. A woman then come in for the job, much to Don's surprise (and, seemingly, delight).

The woman, Zara, aces her interview and even gets me of their underperforming workers back in line. She gets the job, though Don feels as if he's seen her before. At home, Adam introduces Andi to Zara, and Andi is absolutely floored that he hired a woman. He wants her to take back her words about him being sexist, and she apologizes and tells him she's sorry and that he's "blossoming into a beautiful flower-husband." Don then tells Adam how he knows Zara: she was a dancer at a strip club. Andi's immediately a little less proud of Adam.

Andi isn't comfortable with Adam working with a former stripper, so Adam soon gets on a high horse and acts like he's morally superior. She wants him to fire Zara. Adam wants to make sure Don's right. Don's very sure it's true, like 50/50. Kate asks Andi if she heard anything from school about being on the boy's sports team, though Andi and Adam don't tell her that the school replied by saying they'd think about it. Adam and Andi start thinking of ways to ask Zara if she's a stripper, as they don't want to just ask her straight up. Adam soon asks her to her face if she was a stripper, because everything else they've been trying has failed. Zara admits it with no shame, and she asks him if it'll be a problem. She tells them why she was a stripper, and Adam and Andi let her stay employed. That night, Kate tells them that she got an email from the school that she can't play on the boy's team. Adam decides that he's not gonna stand for this, and he goes down to the school with Andi so she can yell at the principal. She calls the principal sexist, and threatens him with her 18 Twitter followers. This somehow works, which makes Kate happy. Later on, Kate tells Adam and Andi that he hates being on the boy's team, and that she wants to be on the girls team again. Oy vey.

Once again, MWAP delivered a thoroughly entertaining episode. However, this was probably my least favorite of the season, despite it still being funny. I wasn't a fan of Kate's short storyline, even though it did provide for a funny ending of the episode. I did, however, like that Don had a more prominent role this week than he has had so far this season. I've missed him.
My Score: 8/10
My Grade: B
It's time for another edition of Rebecca Takes on the Cable News, and there's a lot to report this week as the crazy world of cable news stayed crazy, with many shows posting huge gains or huge losses. Major stories for cable news this week included the ongoing (and seemingly, never-ending) Senate election in Alabama, the calls for, and later, the resignation of Minnesota Senator Al Franken, and the continued sexual assault allegations against seemingly every celebrity ever. How did this all shake out for the networks? Keep on reading and you'll find out!

With two noticeable exceptions, MSNBC had a rough week. Most of their shows were down by noticeable amounts, with Velshi & Ruhle taking a noticeable 11% tumble. It had a sub-0.1 average, by far the lowest of the shows focused on here. Morning Joe and Deadline: White House took #15 and #16 on the chart, both having 0.144 averages. Morning Joe was up from last week, though it still fell down the chart. It's near the bottom of the chart no matter how you shake it, but it still fared better than most, partly due to underperformance during last week's positive ratings period. Deadline: White House took a mighty 8% tumble, putting it at the bottom after a middle of the pack performance last week. In primetime, The Rachel Meadow Show had a great week, though a weak Friday brought it down to Earth a bit. It remained comfortably in first, despite other shows posting higher gains than it. The rest of primetime didn't do nearly as well. The Last Word had a sluggish start to the week and managed to rally for a 5% decline (it started the week down 12%). It's not great, and fellow 10 PM series The Ingraham Angle really gave it a run for its money, but O'Donnell held off the competition for the week. 8 PM series All In was down a steeper 9%, though it managed to hold onto the #7 position on the chart. "All in" all, MSNBC's week wasn't a great one, but it probably could have been worse for them. They narrowly lost their #1 in primetime status this time, but that was mostly due to a far lower 8 PM than first-place Fox News.

CNN's week was the definition of a mixed bag. On the plus side, two of their shows mage huge gains and managed to work their way into the middle of the chart. On the downside, their evening and primetime shows slid by noticeable amounts. More noticeable than all was The Lead with Jake Tapper, down 14%. The show crashed in the ratings, but it only slipped one place in the rankings, slipping outside of the Top 10 to #11. Fellow CNN series Erin Burnett OutFront didn't manage much better with a rough 13% decline. Primetime series Anderson Cooper 360 took the CNN crown this week from CNN Tonight, with a slight victory. That victory is due to AC 360 holding up better, down 6% compared to CNN Tonight's 10%. Neither looks great, but AC 360 looks better when looking at the trends of fellow CNN shows. Wolf managed to make huge gains, up 15% to a rounded 0.16. It's one of the network's lowest-rated shows we focus on here, but it really narrowed the gap between it and The Lead this week. At This Hour also made strong gains, up 9% to 0.15. Both remain anemic, but the week certainly was kind to them.

Fox News:
By far this week's big winner, Fox News managed to be #1 in both 18-49 and viewers during primetime. While they only won in one of the three primetime slots on average, it was certainly a decisive victory, with Tucker Carlson Tonight up 7% from last week with a 0.31 average. It's still well behind Rachel Meadow, but it's still solidly in #2. Hannity also made strong gains, up 8% after a weak performance last week. It's still not doing as well as it did in the past, but it's still on of cable news's highest-rated shows. The Ingraham Angle posted the week's second-most impressive gain on cable news, up 12% from last week. The show was really struggling last week, so this is a positive development for the series. It leaped from 9th place to 5th overall, something Fox News is likely content with. It's still well behind its fellow Fox News primetime shows, but it closed the gap a little this week. Elsewhere, Fox & Friends lost a bit of steam with a 2% decline, but it still managed to work its way into the Top 10. The news wasn't all good, as Shepard Smith Reporting, which remained in dead last among Fox News programs, declined 4% and fell to 14th. So while FNC had a strong week, it wasn't perfect.

And now it's time for Winners & Losers...

Winner of the Week: The Ingraham Angle
Had the "Winners & Losers" segment existed last week, The Ingraham Angle probably would have been named the week's loser. However, it made impressive gains this week and made stronger gains than lead-in Hannity. It also came close to winning its timeslot after being trounced by The Last Word last week. Last week's performance was nothing to write home about, but it gets bragging rights this week.

Loser of the Week: Velshi & Ruhle
Last week saw a decent performance from Velshi & Ruhle. The same really can't be said this week, with the show pulling numbers well below anything else. Its 0.07 from Wednesday was terrible, and though other shows were down more, Velshi & Ruhle is the clear loser this week.

Below is the Rebecca Takes on the News table for the period from December 4 to December 8, 2017.
And below is each cable network's averages during the 8-11 PM hours from December 4 to December 8, 2017.
What did you think of this week's cable news developments? Who are your winners and losers this week? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
After a solid episode last week with everyone's favorite Irish actress with an unpronounceable name, SNL has another episode this week with proven winner James Franco.

Cold Open: Visit with Santa:
After a bunch of just-okay cold opens, SNL 43 is turning things around, delivering another solid one this week. This was absolutely brilliant. These innocent kids asking what exactly it was that these awful people did just killed me, and I haven't laughed this hard at a cold open in very long. Though a joke about Roy Moore not being able to go to the mall would have been nice.
My Score: 9.5/10

James Franco Monologue:
You know you're in for a rough monologue when it's just "questions from the audience." And that's exactly what this was: rough. They had three hilarious SNL hosts in this in addition to Franco, and they did nothing. At all. Not only was this unfunny, but incredibly disappointing as well.
My Score: 5.5/10

Sexual Harassment Charlie:
This had a funny concept, but it just didn't work for me. It wasn't executed all that well. I didn't laugh once, and that's kinda the point of a sketchy. This just wasn't funny, and it went on for too long. It wasn't entertaining, despite having a concept that should easily have been a slam dunk. It wasn't horrible, but I was disappointed, a feeling I had quite often during the night.
My Score: 6/10

Gift Wrap:
I love physical comedy, so this was right up my alley. It seemed a bit familiar, but that's okay. It was still really entertaining, and I laughed at this more than anything else during the night. It was goofy, but goofy is good sometimes. I could hardly contain myself when the candy cane bucket filled up with blood, or when Leslie Jones's poor character got a bunch of blood in her face. I hope James Franco's character lived, though. If not, R.I.P.
My Score: 9/10

This was an okay sketch. It wasn't LOL funny, but it had some subtle humor that I appreciated. It was an odd take on A Christmas Carol, and it's not like it was particularly unique, but it was fun. James Franco's character was the highlight for me, though he wasn't in as much as I would have liked.
My Score: 7.5/10

Spelling Bee:
This was kind of fun, but the fact that the SNL Vintage episode that aired featured a spelling bee sketch starring Will Forte that was far better put a bit of a damper this. This just paled in comparison to the other one, though this one wasn't really all that great to begin with. It was decent, but far from memorable.
My Score: 7/10

Weekend Update:
I really enjoyed Cecily Strong's return as Cathy Anne this week. I couldn't think of anyone better to discuss sexual harassment than Cathy Anne, who discussed allegations against Senator (and former SNL star) "Al Franco" and his calls for resignation by New York senator "Kristen Jellybeans." Cathy Anne was easily the best part of this Update, as some of the jokes didn't land quite so well this week.
My Score: 8/10

I'm not including this as part of Update because it really was its own thing. And it was a hilarious thing. Just thinking of Michael Che "disguising" himself as a liberal white woman is funny enough, but the execution is really great. It was somewhat reminiscent of Eddie Murphy's "White Like Me" sketch, but was also very different. Either way, it was truly great, and I want to see more of Gretchen the Liberal White Woman.
My Score: 9/10

This was a pretty funny sketch, though it was a little annoying at times. James Franco's character was just aggravating sometimes, though I did laugh at him, as well. This was a bizarre concept, but it was executed well and I thought the ending was great.
My Score: 8/10

Christmas Charity:
This took awhile to get going, but it actually ended up being pretty decent in the end. The concept is out there but hilarious, and the execution was so-so. I really didn't laugh out loud at it, but I did find it mildly amusing. Strong's character reacting to the fact that this seemingly-homeless man she spent a bunch of money on is actually James Franco was enough to boost this score a bit.
My Score: 7.5/10

This was another just-okay one that Heidi Gardner tried her absolute best to save. It didn't really go anywhere, and it was pretty much just one joke repeated over and over and over and over again. Nevertheless, it had its moments and it wasn't even close to being the worst thing from the episode. Yay!
My Score: 7/10

This was a disappointing outing of SNL. While not of the sketches were particularly awful, there were only a few standouts and I don't think anything her is going to go down as a "best of the season" type of sketch. There was plenty of decent stuff, but nothing fantastic. While that doesn't really sound all that bad, it makes for a pretty dull hour and a half.
Grade: C+
Score: 7/10
Pass or Fail: Pass (kinda)
MVP of the Week: Cecily Strong
Sketch of the Night: 
Cold Open: Visit with Santa
Worst of the Night: James Franco Monologue

What did you think of the episode? Let me know in the comments and vote in the poll below!

*Photos courtesy of NBC.com*
Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 12/10.17. Items of note include the fall finale of The Walking Dead on AMC, the season finale of White Famous on Showtime, and Good Behavior on TNT.
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
The Walking DeadAMC3.367.89
Talking DeadAMC1.353.36
Real Housewives of AtlantaBravo1.012.64
90 Day FiancéTLV0.61.90
Robot ChickenAdult Swim0.551.10
Sharing ChristmasHallmark0.553.69
Keeping Up with the KardashiansE!0.461.06
NFL CountdownESPN0.451.20
Liga MXL Monterrey v. TigresUniv. Deportes0.380.85
Premier:Manchester City v UnitedNBCSN0.380.90
SquidbilliesAdult Swim0.360.75
Watch What Happens LiveBravo0.330.85
The JelliesAdult Swim0.330.68
Guy's Grocery GamesFood0.321.12
Alaska: The Last FrontierDiscovery0.282.03
Premier: Everton v. LiverpoolNBCSN0.250.59
Comic Book MenAMC0.240.56
Two and a Half MenNick-at-Nite0.220.54
Off the chart, Search Party had two episodes at 0.19 and 0.12. Good Behavior tied its season high with a 0.19. SMILF continued its upward trajectory, up to 0.2. White Famous ended its season up to a season high of 0.12.