After the coffee. Before figuring out where my mojo went.
The Skinny: My heart is still broken from the Redskins' loss to the Giants, so go easy on me today. Monday's headlines include a recap of the weekend box office, a look at what commercials are going for this TV season and NBC's surprising start.
Daily Dose: Last week, the season premiere of AMC's "The Walking Dead" had almost 11 million viewers. Now AMC is back on satellite broadcaster Dish, which is in 14 million homes. Don't be surprised if Sunday night's episode adds at least another million or so viewers.
Abnormal performance. As expected, "Paranormal 4" opened at No. 1 at the box office this past weekend. However, the horror flick did far worse than anticipated. Last week, industry observers had "Paranormal 4" taking in $50 million. Instead, it only scared up about $30 million. The thriller "Alex Cross," which stars Tyler Perry, took in almost $12 million. "Argo" had a very good second week, taking in $16.6 million. Box-office results from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.
Back on top. About a month into the TV season, NBC finds itself in the unusual position of being in first place in the coveted 18-to-49 demographic. NBC's rise can be attributed in part to the declines at Fox, CBS and ABC. Also, much of NBC's success comes from just a couple of shows — "Sunday Night Football" and "The Voice." The real test will be how well NBC is doing in three months when the football season ends. More on NBC's comeback from the New York Times.