March 14, 2012

THE SKED: Another Toke of “Weeds”

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Showtime has announced that the network’s stalwart WEEDS, now in its 8th season (and, honestly, probably a bit past its prime) and relative newcomer EPISODES will return to the schedule on Sunday July 1, running in the 10-11PM hour. 

Weeds is still moderately successful for Showtime, with over 700K total viewers for each episode’s initial broadcast and around a 0.3 18-49 rating (in the same neighborhood as House of Lies and Californication ).  Episodes is more ratings-challenged, with about 500K viewers and an 18-49 rating that hovers in the 0.2 range, but it’s been critically acclaimed, and Matt LeBlanc won this year’s Golden Globe for Comedy Actor.  In the subscription-based world of pay-TV, those kinds of buzzy honors are worth more than ratings alone may suggest.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."