This week’s viewing offers an inspiring boxer, musical story time with “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen, and plenty of options for holiday romance, TV movie-style.

Dispatches: Weekly TV news
The critics have spoken and HBO leads the nomination count for the Critics’ Choice Awards with 20, followed by FX with 17. Amazon has 12 nominations with NBC and Netflix both at 11 each. HBO’s “My Brilliant Friend” and “Succession” will fight it out with FX’s “The Americans” and “Pose,” AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” CBS All Access’ “The Good Fight,” Amazon’s “Homecoming,” and BBC America’s “Killing Eve” for the Best Drama Series award. The show will be broadcast on The CW Network on Jan. 13.

It’s good news for “Doctor Who’s” first regular female timelord. Jodie Whittaker will reprise the role when the show returns worldwide in early 2020. U.S. ratings were strong for BBC America, where the show averaged 1.6 million viewers through its first eight episodes.

Pleasing true crime fans everywhere, Court TV is set to relaunch in May 2019, with original anchor Vinnie Politan returning. A ratings success, the network broadcast the O.J. Simpson trial as well as that of the Menendez brothers but was taken off the air in 2008 partly due to a lack of sensational crimes.

Contenders: Buzz worthy shows to watch this week
Beating Mike Tyson in 10 rounds is no easy feat, in fact the odds were 42 to 1, which also happens to be the title of ESPN’s latest “30 for 30” documentary installment (Dec. 11 at 9 p.m. ET). The film explores the shocking upset of Tyson at the hands of James “Buster” Douglas who won the heavyweight championship title on Feb. 11, 1990.

Netflix’s “Springsteen on Broadway,” (Dec. 16), a filmed version of Springsteen’s one-man show, features personal stories and acoustic versions of some of his best-known songs.

December isn’t complete without a string of holiday movies to watch and this week, cable has you covered. Real life couple Dave and Odette Annable find a cure for insomnia and of course, fall in love in “No Sleep ‘Til Christmas” (Freeform, Dec. 10 at 9 p.m. ET). Over at Hallmark, it’s nonstop holiday telecasts with the debuts of new entries “Entertaining Christmas” (Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. ET) and “A Gingerbread Romance” (Dec. 16, 8 p.m. ET). Lifetime’s “Christmas Pen Pals” (Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. ET) focuses on anonymous letter writing that leads to what else, but romance.

Emmy Award-winner RuPaul gets back to work with a new season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars” (VH1, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. ET).

Report Card: A look at ratings winners and losers
Winners: NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” is, as expected, a ratings powerhouse. The broadcast has surpassed last year’s preliminary ratings numbers in 11 of 14 telecasts.

Losers: “Blindspot” and “Midnight Texas” continue to perform poorly.
Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at staytuned@outlook.com or follow her on Twitter at @MelissaCrawley.