June 10, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  The HILLARY CLINTON: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE special went up 0.1 in final numbers, as did its BACHELORETTE clip show lead-in, and so did MASTERCHEF.  The new WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY, however, lost 0.1.

MONDAY CABLE:  MURDER IN THE FIRST had a fair start for TNT with 0.6 in the 18-49 demo.  It lost a third of its lead-in from MAJOR CRIMES, which came back above its Season 2 finale (and on par with its Season 2 premiere) at 0.9.  In the older-skewing total viewers measurement, MAJOR CRIMES had 5.2M, while MURDER IN THE FIRST was at 3.8M, just a slightly better proportion.  Those are the same kinds of levels that KING & MAXWELL debuted with last year after the Season 2 premiere of MAJOR CRIMES (0.6/3.5M)–and those turned out to be the highest numbers KING ever had on its way to cancellation.  Meanwhile, the cable night was dominated, as usual on Mondays, by VH1 and USA.  LOVE & HIP-HOP ATLANTA was steady with last week at 1.8 (plus 1.0 at 10PM), and HIT THE FLOOR was up 0.1 to 1.1 (plus 0.6 at 11PM).  On USA, WWE was at 1.3-1.5 over its 3 hours, down 0.1 from last week.  THE BOONDOCKS (Adult Swim) lost 0.1 to 0.8 (plus 0.6 at 2AM).  LONGMIRE (A&E) was also down 0.1 to 0.6.  16 AND PREGNANT (MTV) gained 0.1 to 0.8.  On History, SWAMP PEOPLE was at 0.8 and BIG RIG BOUNTY HUNTERS  at 0.5/0.4.  A special 90-minute LOUIE (FX) was at 0.3, roughly where the season’s regular episodes have been.  Game 3 of the NHL STANLEY CUP FINALS on NBC Sports Network was at 1.2.  

It wasn’t just Hillary Clinton’s TV campaign that failed to get many votes last night.

Daily Comp 3way 2014 Mon Jun 09

ABC:  The HILLARY CLINTON: PRIVATE AND PUBLIC interview special managed just a 1.0 rating with 18-49s, although it was the 2d most-watched show of the night with older-skewing total viewers.  That lead-in doomed MISTRESSES, which lost 0.3 from last week to 0.9.  The night started at 0.9 for a BACHELORETTE clip show.

FOX:  A down night, as MASTERCHEF fell 0.3 to 1.5, and 24 dropped 0.2 to 1.6.

NBC:  After 1.1 for a LAST COMIC STANDING rerun, AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR was down 0.2 to 1.7.

CW:  WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY continued to perform extremely well by CW standards, with the night’s new episode up 0.2 to 0.7, and the rerun right behind at 0.6.  However, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST remained at 0.3.

CBS:  Only 48 HOURS was new last night, down 0.3 to 0.9.  The highest rated reruns were 1.2 for the pair of MIKE & MOLLY half-hours.

Game 3 of THE NBA FINALS will have no trouble toppling the other networks’ regular summer schedules tonight.  On cable, USA has the season premiere of ROYAL PAINS, and ABCFamily debuts the new CHASING LIFE before the season premiere of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS.

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."