December 3, 2013



A very big night for The Blacklist, although we won’t know just how big until this afternoon.

Daily Comparison 2013 Mon Dec 2 three way

NBC:  Last night’s preliminary numbers are probably inflated by the local New Orleans station’s coverage of NFL Football.  But even if the fall finale of THE BLACKLIST comes down from its current 3.5 (which is up half a point from last week), it should still show a healthy week-to-week increase, exactly the way the network wanted to see it go into its brief hiatus before returning in January without its THE VOICE lead-in.  Thinking of which, right now The Voice is up 0.1 from last week at 3.5, but that number may not hold in final results.

FOX:  ALMOST HUMAN continues to go in the wrong direction, down another 0.2 to a new low 1.7 and now shaping up as a weak lead-in to The Following when that show returns next month.  Could Bones switch back to Mondays?  A SLEEPY HOLLOW rerun at 9PM was at 0.9.

CBS:  A fairly steady night.  Both HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and 2 BROKE GIRLS held even at 2.9/2.7. MIKE & MOLLY slipped 0.1 to 2.4, and MOM was down a slightly more worrisome 0.2 to 2.1.  HOSTAGES was even at 1.1.

ABC:  After 1.9 for A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, this year’s installment of A CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS fell slightly from 2012 to 1.4.

CW:  The 0.4 for a run of A VERY MUPPET CHRISTMAS MOVIE was just about what the network has been doing with regular Monday programming this fall.

CBS is in reruns tonight, and both AGENTS OF SHIELD and NEW GIRL are taking a rest as well.  CW airs fall finales of THE ORIGINALS and SUPERNATURAL.


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."