January 11, 2014



Another newcomer bites the dust.

FOX:  ENLISTED showed no signs of life in is premiere with 0.7, slightly behind the 0.8 for its lead-in RAISING HOPE, and the question will be whether FOX is content to leave that hour at a sub-1 level.  BONES was at 1.5, down 0.2 from its last new episode 5 weeks ago.

ABC:   A very strong night. SHARK TANK has become Friday’s powerhouse (and a useful plug-in where ABC needs it, with reruns filling the Thursday 10PM slot for the next few weeks in place of the just-canceled THE ASSETS).  Last night’s 2.1 was a season high, up 0.1 from its last new airing 4 weeks ago.  LAST MAN STANDING also hit a season high, up 0.3 from its last airing, and there was a season high for 20/20 as well, up 0.2 to 1.7.  Even THE NEIGHBORS was up 0.2, although its 1.1 was nothing to boast about.

NBC:  The Olympics-themed news special GOING FOR THE HOLD started the night with a lackluster 0.8, and that set the tone for the line-up, as GRIMM was down 0.2 to 1.3 and DRACULA slipped 0.1 to 0.8.

CBS:  The network promoted Monday’s timeslot premiere of INTELLIGENCE with a rerun of its pilot at 8PM and got a fair sampling at 0.9.  HAWAII 5-0 and BLUE BLOODS were both up from their last new episodes to 1.5s, representing respective hikes of 0.3 and 0.4.

CW:  THE CARRIE DIARIES was down 0.1 from its last new episode to 0.3, followed by 0.2 for a SUPERNATURAL rerun.

Tonight will belong to the NFL PLAYOFFS on CBS, and NBC will continue its pre-Olympics push with primetime US FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS.  Sunday will be exceptionally busy, as CBS will have the benefit of any NFL PLAYOFFS overrun, NBC airs the GOLDEN GLOBES, and both HBO and Showtime premiere their new Sundays, with the high-profile TRUE DETECTIVE and GIRLS on HBO and the returns of SHAMELESS, HOUSE OF LIES and EPISODES on Showtime.



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."