April 30, 2013



Despite modest bumps for FOX’s season finales, last night featured an alarming number of season and series lows.

Daily Comparison Mon Apr 29 2013

FOX:  Both BONES and THE FOLLOWING were up in their season finales, the former by 0.1 to 2.1 and the latter by 0.2 to 2.6.  That still didn’t get them past their season average numbers, although The Following managed the nice accomplishment of beating CBS in the hour.

NBC:  Currently REVOLUTION is tied with its series low 2.0, but the show has been consistently declining when final numbers are released (in part because its hour includes 1 minute of The Voice), so we’ll find out this afternoon if it’s fallen below that milestone number.  THE VOICE fell a big 0.8 from last week, and although its 4.1 was still easily the biggest number of the night, it was well below its season average.

CBS:  HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER has only aired 3 new episodes over the past 6 weeks, and has had a season low 2.7 for each one–so it’s consistent, after a fashion.  RULES OF ENGAGEMENT was at a season low 2.0 for an episode where it wasn’t the only fresh sitcom of the night.  2 BROKE GIRLS was up 0.1 from its season low to 2.5, and the same was true of MIKE & MOLLY at 2.3.  HAWAII 5-0 hit a new series low 1.7, down 0.1 from its last new episode.

ABC:  DANCING WITH THE STARS hit an all-time Monday low at 2.0 (down 0.1), and a CASTLE clip show was down 0.3 to an average 2.0.

CW:  OH SIT hit a new 0.2 low, while 90210 was even at 0.3.

10PM is the interesting hour tonight, as NBC gives GRIMM a showcase spot behind The Voice, but ABC counters with an AMANDA KNOX SPEAKS “news” special.


Episode Track Mon Apr 29 2013

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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."