October 8, 2011

THE SKED: Friday Ratings – Network Scorecard – 10/7/11

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Fridays are only half a real night for the broadcast networks right now, so it stands to reason that they get only half the ratings.
CBS:  Will the network accept a 1.2 from A GIFTED MAN?  (And, to be fair, along with it an older audience that gives the show double the all-ages number of anything else in the slot.)  CBS doesn’t have an enormous bench of 1-hours for midseason, so the answer probably hinges on whether there’s a show airing elsewhere in the week that they want to move to Fridays.  We probably won’t know that for a some time yet.  Even though BLUE BLOODS and CSI NY are winning their hours, their 18-49 numbers are down 10% and 20%, respectively, from last season.

FOX:  FRINGE stopped the bleeding, and the network seems to be OK with it at its current 1.3, so fans can breathe easy for another week.
NBC:  In a holding pattern until CHUCK and GRIMM debut on October 28.  It’s interesting to note, though, that for the next couple of weeks Whitney will be airing 3x per week on the network:  original episodes on Thursdays, and reruns on Wednesdays and Fridays.
ABC:  Holding pattern until EXTREME MAKEOVER and SHARK TANK arrive later this month.
CW:  Even by the CW’s standards, it doesn’t seem likely NIKITA can survive very long with a 0.5.  Creatively, the show has been adrift this year too, with all the characters pursuing separate ends that make the show feel more like a procedural than ever.

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."