July 10, 2012


NBC does the other networks a favor.

NBC:  AMERICA’S GOT TALENT didn’t air last night in favor of a FEAR FACTOR special, which shot a hole in the network’s ratings for the night.  Fear only managed a 1.3, and that pulled AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR down to 1.4, off half a ratings point from its last airing.  A GRIMM rerun was a 0.6 non-factor at 10PM.

FOX:  HELL’S KITCHEN and MASTERCHEF were happy to take the nightly win for FOX, with matching 2.4s.

ABC:  THE BACHELORETTE was the night’s highest-rated show at 2.5, but THE GLASS HOUSE pulverized the night for ABC by scoring only 1.1.

CBS:  Reruns were in the 1.1-1.3 range.

CW:  Reruns at 0.2 for the night.

Tonight CBS is the only network without original programming (oh, OK, I guess CW is a network too).  FOX carries the BASEBALL ALL-STAR GAME, NBC has 2 hours of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT followed by LOVE IN THE WILD, and ABC introduces TRUST US WITH YOUR LIFE and NY MED after WIPEOUT.  On cable, USA boosts its already-impressive number of original summer hours with the returns of COVERT AFFAIRS and WHITE COLLAR.

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."