May 6, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  2 BROKE GIRLS and DANCING WITH THE STARS got back a bit of what they’d lost to 24, each up 0.1 from this morning.  MIKE & MOLLY, though, fell an additional 0.1.  The 10PM NCIS LA rerun was also down 0.1.

MONDAY CABLE:  The season premiere of LOUIE (FX), at 0.5 for both its half-hours, was above last season’s average, but below its premiere (which was artificially boosted by airing after the premiere of ANGER MANAGEMENT, a big deal at the time).  TNT’s NBA PLAYOFF games won the night in cable at 2.3/1.5 (the higher-rated was the Clippers/Thunder game), but VH1 and USA remained strong players.  LOVE AND HIP-HOP had a huge 1.9 rating at 8PM and 1.0 at 9:30PM, while T.I. & TINY was at 1.4 (up 0.4) and THIS IS HOT 97 at 0.6 (up 0.1).  WWE was at 1.3-1.5 over its 3 hours, down 0.3 from last week.  THE BOONDOCKS (Adult Swim) was stable at 1.0.  The season finale of BATES MOTEL (A&E) held at 0.9, and its post-show BATES MOTEL: AFTER HOURS held on pretty well at 0.5.  SWAMP PEOPLE (History) fell 0.1 to 0.8.  NHL PLAYOFF games on NBC Sports Network were at 0.6/0.4.

Viewers welcomed Jack Bauer back.

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FOX:  Notwithstanding the grid above, later morning updates give 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY a 2.6 rating in 18-49s, comparable to the 2.8 for its 2010 finale.  The good news for FOX is that what was a passable number 4 years ago was now enough to make FOX #2 for the night.  Another good sign:  the show’s rating stayed very stable throughout the 2 hours, with few viewers bailing out.

NBC:  Despite the much bigger competition on FOX, THE VOICE remained steady at 3.0, and THE BLACKLIST, with the first half of its season finale, held at 2.7.

CBS:  The season finale of 2 BROKE GIRLS was hit badly by the return of 24, down 0.4 to a series low 1.9.  The rest of the CBS line-up didn’t fare any better, with FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES down 0.3 to a series low 1.6, and MIKE & MOLLY down 0.4 to 1.8.  Reruns followed at 1.2/0.8.

ABC:  DANCING WITH THE STARS was clobbered by Jack Bauer, down an ugly 0.8 to 1.8.  CASTLE dropped 0.4 to 1.6, tying its series low.

CW:  STAR-CROSSED and THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (the latter with its season finale) held at 0.3/0.4.

Tonight’s season finales are NEW GIRL and THE MINDY PROJECT on FOX, as all the networks have all-new line-ups.

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."