October 8, 2013



As the new season settles, just about everything last night was down.

CBS:  All of the 8-10PM sitcoms were down 0.2 from last week:  HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER to 2.9, WE ARE MEN to 1.8, 2 BROKE GIRLS to 2.2 and MOM to 2.0.  For the latter 3, those were new lows, either in 4th place for their half-hours or just barely in 3rd.  The news was no better at 10PM, where HOSTAGES fell 0.3 to a new low 1.2.

NBC:  THE VOICE gave NBC the night, of course, but it was down 0.2 to 4.5.  For now, THE BLACKLIST is down just 0.1 to 3.2–however, last week Blacklist fell a heavy 0.3 in afternoon final numbers, so that number may or may not be stable.

FOX:  BONES slipped 0.2 to 2.0, and SLEEPY HOLLOW was off 0.3 to a new low 2.7.

ABC:  For the moment, DANCING WITH THE STARS is up 0.1 to 2.1, but since the Atlanta ABC station aired the local feed of Monday Night Football, that number may not hold.  CASTLE is down 0.2 to 2.0 for now.

CW:  A bad night that could get worse.  The season debut of HART OF DIXIE is currently at 0.4, down 0.3 from last year’s premiere and down 0.2 from the season finale.  BEAUTY AND THE BEAST looked even uglier, down 0.7 from last year’s premiere to 0.4 (although it had the excuse that last year it had Vampire Diaries as its lead-in) and down 0.1 from the season finale.  However, in New York CW aired the Jets game, so these numbers could go lower yet.

Tonight all eyes will be on ABC, which dropped heavily in Week 2 of the season, killing off Lucky 7 in the process.  Also, CW debuts the timeslot premiere of THE ORIGINALS and the season premiere of SUPERNATURAL.


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."