October 10, 2013



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  For the third consecutive night, all the broadcast networks were beaten by cable in the 10PM hour.  On Monday it was ESPN’s MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, on Tuesday FX won with SONS OF ANARCHY, and last night broadcast was actually in third place, behind 3.2 for DUCK DYNASTY on A&E and 3.0 for the premiere of FX’S AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN.  Coven set new highs for the franchise with that 18-49 number and 5.5M total viewers, up 39% and 44% from the Asylum season premiere.  (With re-airings, Coven delivered over a 4 in 18-49s  and 7.8M total viewers.)  Even more impressively, Coven’s 3.5 in the 18-34 demo was the highest in all of primetime, broadcast or cable. 

Final numbers for the broadcast networks had no dramatic changes, with SURVIVOR, BACK IN THE GAME and MODERN FAMILY up 0.1 and NASHVILLE down 0.1.  The most notable adjustment was that THE TOMORROW PEOPLE went up 0.1 to 0.9, fully matching its ARROW lead-in.  

More declines and lows.

ABC:  THE MIDDLE held best, down 0.1 to 2.2.  BACK IN THE GAME was down 0.2 to 1.7 (down 0.2 from where The Neighbors was in the parallel week last year)The ugly arrived in the 9PM hour, as MODERN FAMILY fell 0.4 to 3.8 (down 0.9 from last year), and then SUPER FUN NIGHT was down 0.7 from its debut to 2.5.  The positive spin on that number is that it’s just 0.2 off the pace of last season’s second episode of Suburgatory, which came off a much higher (4.9) Modern Family.   NASHVILLE was relatively stable, down 0.2 to 1.7.

NBC:  REVOLUTION hit its third consecutive series low, down another 0.1 to 1.5.  SVU continued its fall from the season premiere 2 weeks ago, down another 0.4 to 1.6.  IRONSIDE had nothing, down 0.2 to 1.1.

CBS:  Everything was down here too, with SURVIVOR off 0.3 to 2.4, CRIMINAL MINDS down 0.1 to 2.6, and CSI falling 0.2 to 1.9.  The CSI number is particularly bad in comparison to last year, which was at 2.6 in the parallel week even though it aired against the series premieres of Chicago Fire and Nashville.

FOX:  THE X FACTOR fell 0.2 to 2.2, down an awful 1.2 from last year.

CW:  Finally, some (quasi) good news, as ARROW returned at 0.9, matching last year’s season finale (although down 0.4 from the series premiere), and THE TOMORROW PEOPLE got a solid sampling at 0.8.

Tonight is marked by one of the last remaining major fall premieres, as ABC launches ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND.  Other points of interest will be the second week results for the night’s CBS and NBC sitcoms.


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."