July 2, 2013



The place to be last night was again Under the Dome.

Daily Comparison 2013 Mon Jul 1

CBS:  UNDER THE DOME was by far the night’s biggest show, although it fell half a point from last week’s giant premiere to 2.8.  The Stephen King series was fairly stable throughout the hour (2.9 rating in the 10:00 half hour and 2.8 rating in the 10:30 half hour), indicating the audience is starting to level off.  My Pilot + 1 review is here.  The reruns that preceded Dome were, as usual, highlighted by THE BIG BANG THEORY, this time with a 1.6.

NBC:  SIBERIA had the serious misfortune of premiering against the scripted hit of the summer, with the NBC premiere scoring only a 1.1 rating from 10-11 pm.  The potentially promising show (see my review here) certainly had a lead-in: AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR averaged a 1.7 rating from 8-10 pm and peaked at a very good 2.0 from 9:30-10:00 (although that was still far below last year’s 2.4 season premiere), but only 1.2 of that number stayed to sample Siberia from 10:00-10:30. Siberia settled down to a 1.1 rating from 10:30-11:00.

ABC:  THE BACHELORETTE was down 0.2 from last week to 1.8 (and down 0.7 from last year’s parallel night), but despite all the competition at 10PM, MISTRESSES managed to move slightly up to 1.2, easing past Siberia.

FOX:  The final episode of THE GOODWIN GAMES had an ignominious 0.6 (my review is here), not even as high as the 0.7 for its rerun RAISING HOPE lead-in.

CW:  Reruns at 0.3/0.2.

With the 4th of July holiday about to kick in, TV will be very quiet for the next few days. Tonight features the usual line-ups of unscripted fresh programming, but no network will be attempting any premieres until next week.


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."