October 15, 2011

THE SKED: Friday Ratings – Network Scorecard – 10/14/11

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Fridays are quiet in any case, but with 2 of the networks waiting to launch their “real” schedules, last night was nearly inaudible.
CBS:  Although A GIFTED MAN upticked slightly last night, it seems clear that the show won’t reach the level of the network’s other Friday shows (and the competition is about to get tougher).  CBS will have to decide whether they can live with those numbers.

FOX:  The network has allowed FRINGE to survive with ratings at the current level; we’ll find out in the next few weeks if the show can sustain there against the new rivals about to appear in its timeslot.
NBC:  Biding its time until GRIMM and CHUCK arrive in 2 weeks.
ABC:  Biding its time until EXTREME MAKEOVER arrives next Friday (and then SHARK TANK the following week), although they have to be gratified that their LAST MAN STANDING reruns more than doubled NBC’s rerun combo of THE OFFICE/PARKS & REC.  That bodes well for next Tuesday’s rating.

CW:  When you’re scoring a 0.5 like NIKITA did last week, a 0.6 can seem like good times.

Nothing of interest will happen tonight.  But Sunday will be critical for the future of PAN AM.  

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."