October 18, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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>With no postseason baseball last night and an inferior Monday Night Football game (the NY Jets beating the winless Miami Dolphins handily), network ratings levels rebounded for the most part.  CBS won the night with a 4.0 (up 0.1 from last week).   The big gainer for CBS was Hawaii Five-O, up 0.4 to a 3.1 rating.  Although Two and a Half Men was down 0.7 to a 5.2, the other comedies were flat or up marginally.  Two and a Half Men is probably beginning to find its normal level around a solid 5 rating.

ABC enjoyed a 0.3 bump in Dancing with the Stars (up to a 3.2 rating), while Castle rebounded to a 2.6 rating (up a full 0.5). 

FOX averaged a third-place 2.9 for the night — better than last Monday’s awful 2.4 when baseball slid the schedule almost one full hour but down a reasonable amount from the 3.5 when the full schedule premiered on October 3.  Terra Nova turned in a 2.7 (track: 3.1…3.1…2.5…2.7).   House averaged a 3.1 (3.9…2.7…3.1).   FOX is probably looking at a 2.9 to 3.0-rated night on Mondays from this point forward.

NBC went with The Sing-Off (1.6) and Prime Suspect repeat (0.8) again — both shows were up a tenth of a rating point from last week bringing the night to a still disastrous 1.3 rating.

The CW’s Hart of Dixie was up 0.1 to a 0.7, but that week to week increase will probably disappear in the official nationals.  The CW numbers are inflated a bit by its Miami station’s coverage of the Dolphins-Jets game.   

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Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.