November 28, 2013



The hills were not alive last night.

NBC:  The night before Thanksgiving is traditionally an extremely slow one for TV viewing, and networks don’t typically air hour-long infomercials for their own upcoming programming, so it’s certainly premature for NBC to panic about the 1.0 for last night’s THE MAKING OF “THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE”–but still, coming in 3d place for the hour with a rating less than half of CBS’s may be enough to make that turkey go down a little less smoothly today.  We’ll find out on December 5.  After Making, an SNL THANKSGIVING SPECIAL had a 1.6.

CBS:  The only network to air its regular schedule last night took a hit, but still won the night.  SURVIVOR fell 0.3 to 2.2, CRIMINAL MINDS was down 0.4 to 2.4, and CSI dropped 0.1 to 2.0–the latter was actually quite a good number for the show this season.

FOX:  THE X FACTOR dropped half a point to 1.2, probably an all-time low for a regular episode.

ABC:  A night of reruns, ranging from 1.3 for MODERN FAMILY to 0.5 for NASHVILLE.

CW:  A run of PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES was at 0.5, below a normal Wednesday but better than the network’s typical ratings with fresh programming on Mondays and Fridays.

NBC’s NFL FOOTBALL will dominate Thanksgiving night, with only FOX airing new episodes against it.  CBS has reruns, and ABC airs 1973’s A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING and then a new LADY GAGA AND THE MUPPETS SPECIAL.  CW goes the movie route again, with YOU AGAIN.


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."