It’s not good news for Broadway’s big musicals when a one-person show grabs the No. 5 spot on the box office chart.

For the Jan. 2-9 week, Billy Crystal’s “700 Sundays” ($819,002) bucked the overall downward trend to emerge as the only show to increase its receipts. Putting the holidays behind it, the Billy Crystal play registered a minor but telling $3,216 uptick. January/February should present it no challenge.

For the rest of Broadway, coming off the year’s most lucrative session is never easy. Although last week’s tally for 26 shows was off a huge $4,860,418, or 25.47%, the $14,224,482 total and 215,003 paid attendance was right in line with post-New Year’s Eve numbers from recent years. For this time frame, the figures came to $14.07 million and 208,039 in 2004, and $14.83 million and 236,261 in 2003.

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Much of last week’s decrease can be attributed to the absence of five shows that pulled the plug Jan. 1 or 2.

“‘Night, Mother” ($165,921) was the only production to shutter last week.

Chatroom addicts ran to see Harvey Fierstein’s first week as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof,” ($601,947), pushing the cap to 92.1%. They saw the revival at bargain-basement prices, its average ticket the lowest for any tuner: $48.33. On the bright side, biz ran nearly six figures ahead of what Alfred Molina brought in the week before Christmas. (Reviews of the new “Fiddler” cast are set for Jan. 21.)

It bodes well for January/February biz when a show can improve in the week after New Year’s on its pre-Christmas biz. Like “Fiddler,” for Jan. 2-9 “Rent” ($499,584) was up nearly six figures from the pre-holiday week of Dec. 13-19.

Although no show under the Top 10 exhibited that kind of marked improvement, a few others last week did improve on their mid-December numbers. Those uptickers included “Chicago” ($556,814), “Avenue Q” ($514,455), “Twelve Angry Men” ($352,428), “Brooklyn” ($295,879), “Gem of the Ocean” ($253,924) and “Whoopi” ($199,239).

Looking somewhat slimmer after the holidays were “Movin’ Out” ($600,063), “Wonderful Town” ($443,118), “Pacific Overtures” ($340,865), “Democracy” ($336,294), “Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance” ($313,192) and “The Rivals” ($258,249).

The previewing “Little Women” ($462,125) and “Good Vibrations” ($341,209) are ready to go Jan. 23 and 27, respectively.