January 2, 2014



The first night of 2014 was the last of the network holiday blahs.

CBS:  The Eye’s reruns scored better than anyone else’s, sparked by 1.3 for CRIMINAL MINDS.

ABC:  CBS took the night, but MODERN FAMILY was the evening’s highest rated rerun at 1.5.

NBC:  SVU was on top with 1.0.

FOX:  For the second consecutive night, a DADS rerun topped the network’s other offerings with 0.8.  If only anyone watched the new episodes…

CW:  Reruns of ARROW and THE TOMORROW PEOPLE both at 0.3.

On cable, preliminary household numbers for ESPN showed a strong New Year’s for college bowl games, with a 5.3 for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on New Year’s Eve (featuring Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M against Duke and 100 total points scored), and on New Year’s Day, 11.2 for the Michigan vs. Stanford Rose Bowl (up 17% from last year’s game), and 7.1 for the Central Florida vs. Baylor Fiesta Bowl (up 9%).

Things begin to get back to normal tonight, with fresh programming on NBC, CBS and ABC.  For NBC, the major event is the return of the Dan Harmon-ed COMMUNITY, while ABC debuts two short-run series, reality show THE TASTE and CIA docudrama THE ASSETS.

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."