April 16, 2013



Say what you will about NBC, but no one right now can touch its Monday night.

NBC:  Remarkably, the network made a last-minute decision to preempt last night’s Revolution (which featured a bombing storyline) in favor of a NBC News Special about the Boston Marathon bombings–and the news special did a 3.1, almost a point higher than Revolution‘s recent numbers, and dominated at 10PM.  (This may say something about how Revolution would do if NBC aired it without its lead-in’s protective shadow.)  Meanwhile, THE VOICE hit a new season high 5.1, slightly higher than last week.

CBS:  A lousy night of season lows after 3 weeks of reruns.  The 2.6 for HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER was down 0.1, the 2.0 for RULES OF ENGAGEMENT was down 0.2, the 2.3 for 2 BROKE GIRLS was down a whopping 0.7, the 2.2 for MIKE & MOLLY was down 0.4, and the 1.8 for HAWAII 5-0 was down 0.3.

ABC:  DANCING WITH THE STARS was up a tick to 2.2 from last week’s season low, while CASTLE was down a tick to 2.1.

FOX:  Small moves, but in the wrong direction, as BONES and THE FOLLOWING both fell 0.1 to hit season lows of 1.9 and 2.1 respectively.

CW:  The season return of OH SIT earned its title with a 0.4, but even that looked good next to the 0.2 for 90210, its first episode in 5 weeks.

Both NCIS shows and the FOX sitcoms are in reruns tonight, with the other networks airing mostly fresh episodes.

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."