HEAT INDEX

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10 Yule Log: New York City's WPIX broadcasts stock footage of a fireplace for two hours and gains 26% more viewers from the year before, a boon for sponsors Jeep and Macy's.

8 Lord of the Rings: Two Towers dominates holiday box office, much to AOL Time Warner's relief, as hobbits prove mightier than two Leo DiCaprio flicks.

6 NFL RATINGS Reversing a slipping ratings trend, the NFL's regular season games improved across the board for all its broadcast network partners-including a 5% gain for ABC's "Monday Night Football," according to Nielsen Media Research.

3 Muppets: "For sale" sign out for over a year, and now deal to sell stake in Jim Henson Co. to former TV exec Dean Valentine could be held up by tenuous financing.

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