February 8, 2013

THE SKED: “Do No Harm” Dies On the Table, “Up All Night” Begs To Join It and More


We noted last night that it wouldn’t be a surprise if the second episode of DO NO HARM turned out to also be its last, and after the ratings dropped from last week’s premiere to an even more horrific 0.7, the series was indeed put out of its misery.  So anyone who really wanted to know why Jason and Ian changed ownership of their shared body at exactly 8:25PM and AM every day… sorry.  SVU reruns will fill the slot, at least in the short term.  Also:  don’t get too fond of 1600 PENN (the eight of you who are watching it), because it’s being pulled from next week’s Thursday line-up for back-to-back episodes of THE OFFICE at 9PM.  Supposedly 1600 will return the following week, but we’ll see.

In more terrible NBC news, Christina Applegate announced that she won’t be part of the revamped, multi-camera version of UP ALL NIGHT that the network has announced for April.  That show has already been running through showrunners at a rate The Walking Dead would envy, and reportedly the new reboot, as currently planned, would focus more on the workplace friendship between what used to be Applegate’s character and Maya Rudolph’s, rather than the whole yuppies-bringing-up-a-baby idea that was, you know, the entire premise of the series.  A quick rumor that Lisa Kudrow might replace Applegate has already been shot dead, and one has to wonder, at this point, why NBC is bothering to spend so much money to resuscitate a sitcom that’s already died twice.  To assuage Will Arnett fans?  (A possible true answer:  Executive Producer Lorne Michaels.)

But surely there must be some good news for NBC this Friday evening?  There is!  When final Thursday ratings were released, COMMUNITY was even more of a shocking success than this morning’s early numbers had reported, with a 1.9 that, these days, make it one of the Peacock’s strongest performers.  So there’s that.  The updated ratings weren’t so kind to CBS, which saw the immense, once-every-four-years hoopla of its post-Super Bowl slot go utterly wasted, as ELEMENTARY lost even its small gain of the morning and was only able to tie last week’s rating.

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."