Specials were placed on the schedule with care, in hopes that the Nielsen families were there. Here’s what caught my eye on television this week:
Sunday: “The Sound of Music: Sing-a-Long” 6 p.m., ABC: The couch is alive with … you know.
“Miss Universe Pageant” 7 p.m., Fox: The female Bleem from the planet Zygon-7 will probably win the talent portion with her juggling, but it’s kind of cheating since she uses all 14 tentacles.
“Undercover Boss” 7:30 p.m., CBS: Season 7 begins.
Monday: “A Saturday Night Live Christmas” 8 p.m., NBC: I don’t care what your momma says, Christmas time is near.
“Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Santino Fontana and the Sesame Street Muppets” 8 p.m., PBS: That’s right — the “Sesame Street” Muppets, not their crass counterparts from ABC.
“Christmas at Belmont” 9 p.m., PBS: Kathy Mattea performs holiday classics with Belmont School of Music student musicians, faculty and a children’s choir.
Tuesday: “A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa” 7 p.m., AMC: Whoopi Goldberg and Uma Thurman are among the celebrity guests in this musical tale of lost letters to Santa.
Wednesday: “I Love Lucy Christmas” 7 p.m., CBS: Enjoy colorized versions of two episodes featuring Christmas and Vitameatavegamin.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 7 p.m., NBC: “Knock knock … (who’s there?) … You are correct, sir!”
“How Murray Saved Christmas” 7:30 p.m., NBC: Maybe he tackled the Grinch.
Thursday: “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown” 7 p.m., ABC: Kristen Bell and guests celebrate the animated holiday classic.
“A Christmas Story” 7 p.m., TBS: You’d think by the 10th showing of this annual marathon, Ralph would learn to actually say “fudge.”
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” 8 p.m., ABC: The Peanuts gang celebrates the season.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” 8 p.m., NBC: Say what you will, the Pottersville strip joint has some festive holiday decorations.
Friday: “Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration” 10 a.m., ABC: Ariana Grande, Seal and others perform.
“CMA Country Christmas” 7 p.m., ABC: Jennifer Nettles hosts, Martina McBride, Pentatonix and others perform.
“The Andy Griffith Christmas Special” 7 p.m., CBS: Lucy’s not the only one who gets the colorizing treatment.
“Doctor Who” 8 p.m., BBC America: River Song returns in this year’s Christmas outing.
“Call the Midwife Holiday Special” 8 p.m., PBS: Poplar prepares for Christmas 1960.
Saturday: “The Sound of Music Live!” 7 p.m., NBC: This Carrie Underwood vehicle is not as much fun to hate-watch as the “Peter Pan” disaster, but it’ll do.