October 11, 2013



The fans came back for Finn.

Daily Comparison 2013 Thu Oct 10 three way

FOX:  Last night’s special GLEE episode, commemorating the character played by the late Cory Monteith, almost doubled the show’s rating from last week, up 1.2 to 2.8.  It was Glee‘s highest rating in more than a year, and a number the series may never see again–especially since the arrival of baseball on FOX next week means Glee won’t air another new episode for several weeks.  THE X FACTOR was down 0.1 to 1.9.

ABC:  The launch of ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND was far from promising with 1.7. That equaled the number the canceled LAST RESORT was doing in mid-October last year (comparisons to the exactly parallel Thursday don’t work because the 2nd Thursday in October 2012 was preempted by a presidential debate).  GREY’S ANATOMY fell 0.3 to 2.8, tying the unusually strong Glee for 1st place in the hour.  SCANDAL dropped 0.5 from last week’s gigantic season premiere to 3.1, still towering over its competition.

NBC:  New shows usually fall in their second airings, so NBC had to be bracing itself for just how bad last night was going to be.  It was worse.  The night’s “good news” was that PARKS & RECREATION held even at 1.2, the same number that 30 Rock had in mid-October a year ago.  After that, it was all kinds of ugly.  WELCOME TO THE FAMILY fell 0.3 to 0.8, a number one would think even NBC would find intolerable.  Possibly in part because of the strong FOX competition, the 9PM hour was slammed, with SEAN SAVES THE WORLD down 0.4 to 1.0, and THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW plunging 0.5 to a terrible 1.2. PARENTHOOD dropped 0.3 to a new series low 1.2.

CBS:  THE BIG BANG THEORY slipped 0.3 to a still-mighty 4.9.  THE MILLERS continued to do a decent job of holding its lead-in, down 0.2 from its premiere to 3.1.  The 9PM hour may have been somewhat skewed by FOX, but CBS has to be concerned that THE CRAZY ONES tumbled a steep 0.5 to 2.4.  2 1/2 MEN was much more stable, although with its 0.1 decline it hit a new series low 2.3. ELEMENTARY was also down 0.1 to 1.9.

CW:  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES slipped 0.1 to 1.1 from last week’s premiere, but the number that has to hearten CW is the very solid 0.8 that a rerun of Tuesday’s THE ORIGINALS episode scored against strong competition.

All the regular schedules are in place tonight (except at NBC, which doesn’t launch its Friday until Oct. 25).


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."