Did things end well for Dexter? Does anything ever go right for Life Unexpected? And, seriously, could anything be more Yuletide-y than Community's stop-motion animation episode?
Here's what you need to know from the latest Nielsen rankings:
• Dexter's fifth-season finale killed, with 2.5 million pay-cable viewers. The performance helped the series to its highest-rated season ever.
• Life Unexpected formally lost its time slot (effective next month), but went out and hit a season high anyway (1.8 million).
• Sorry, Virginia, the Rankin-Bass-channeling episode of Community (4.3 million) got outdrawn by the other broadcast-network holiday specials (A Charlie Brown Christmas, Shrek the Halls, etc.).
• Glee's "A Very Glee Christmas" (11.1 million) was down a touch from "Special Education," but the show was still way up there: No. 1 among the demographically desirable.
• The Amazing Race ended its season in style (12.1 million); The Apprentice ended its season (4.1 million).
• Criminal Minds (14.2 million) was the most-watched broadcast series; Vampire Diaries (3.2 million) was the most-watched CW series.
• Poor Running Wilde (4.1 million); poorer Skating With the Stars (3.9 million)
• The Closer returned—and went straight back to the top of the cable rankings (5.8 million).