November 22, 2013



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  As expected, post-football adjustment wiped out the 0.2 improvements for REIGN and GLEE.  However, THE X FACTOR only lost 0.1 of its 0.3 gain, sticking at 1.5, and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES stayed at 1.3.  THE BIG BANG THEORY and GREY’S ANATOMY were also adjusted up 0.1, which for GREY’S at least got it off that new series low.

THURSDAY CABLE:  NFL FOOTBALL (NFL) was naturally in the lead with 2.9, up half a point from last week.  The only other original cable show over a 1 was PAWN STARS (History) at 1.1.  The season finale of COVERT AFFAIRS (USA) had a nice 0.2 bump to 0.7, and its stablemate WHITE COLLAR rose 0.1, also to 0.7.  In its second week, GROUND FLOOR (TBS) lost 0.1 for 0.6, down 40% from its BIG BANG THEORY rerun lead-in.


A dull final Thursday of November sweeps.

Daily Comparison 2013 Thu Nov 21 three way

CBS:  THE BIG BANG THEORY towered over everything else in primetime, even with last week’s 5.2.  THE MILLERS is currently up 0.2 to 2.8, but that number may not hold if it started at 8:31PM.  THE CRAZY ONES edged up 0.1 to 2.2, and 2 1/2 MEN stayed at 2.1. ELEMENTARY rose 0.2 to 1.8.

ABC:  ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND was frozen at 0.9.  GREY’S ANATOMY shed 0.1 for a new series low 2.5, while SCANDAL held at 2.9.

NBC:  The last two 2013 episodes of PARKS & RECREATION hit a new series low 1.0, down 0.1 from last week.  SEAN SAVES THE WORLD and THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW held at their series low 0.9s.  PARENTHOOD was steady at 1.2.

FOX:  The network’s New Orleans station carried last night’s NFL game, so the current 0.3 and 0.2 increases for THE X FACTOR and GLEE probably won’t hold.

CW:  The same goes here, since CW’s Atlanta affiliate aired the NFL, although even now, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is only even with last week’s 1.3.  REIGN, however, will probably lose at least part of its current 0.2 gain.

NIKITA returns tonight for its final abbreviated season.  In addition, NBC preempts GRIMM and DRACULA for a news special about JFK’s assassination.

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."