1) Olympic finale, 8-10:30 p.m., NBC. The Chinese have shown a mastery of spectacles – from inventing fireworks (1,00 years ago) to holding he Olympic opening ceremony (16 days ago). Now it’s time for the closing ceremony (the 2018 one is shown here), plus two reruns of the figure-skating gala. One (3:30-8 a.m.) is on the USA Network, which also reruns the men’s hockey championship during that stretch; the other (2-6 p.m.) is on NBC, which also has women’s cross-country skiing plus (at 7 p.m.) an Olympic wrap-up.
2) “Abraham Lincoln” opener, 8-10:33 p.m., History, rerunning at 12:03 a.m. On Presidents Day eve, we get profiles of Washington (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Grant (2-8 p.m.), followed by the start of a three-night Abraham Lincoln film. The Washington profile is a good one, but the Lincoln one (from the same producer, Doris Kearns Goodwin) is much better. The re-enactments are more cinematic and Lincoln has a more interesting life – starting tonight with a painful childhood.
3) “All Creatures Great and Small” season-finale, 9 p.m., PBS. It’s Christmastime, with James and Helen finally together. Now their concern moves to the wealthy widow who is devastated by her dog’s illness. This season started well, plateaued for a while, but had a great hour last week, with another tonight.
4) “The Walking Dead” return, 9 p.m., AMC. This may be our worst nightmare on a rainy afternoon: The basement is filling with water and with zombies. That’s in Alexandria, at the same time as a brutal battle in Meridian. Back from a four-month break, this final season has a fierce episode … then, in the last couple minutes, takes a big leap.
5) “America’s Goit Talent: Extreme,” 10:30 p.m., NBC. On Monday, NBC starts its post-Olympic makeover. Here’s a half-hour sampling. It’s sort of like the regular “AGT,” but with large, physical stunts – sort of like “The Go-Big Show,” Thursdays on TBS.