December 23, 2013



The hills were mostly alive with the sound of football on network TV last night, but there was some music there too.

ABC:  Carrie Underwood and her companions notwithstanding, the 1965 film version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, which has been airing on network TV since 1976, was up 0.2 from last year’s broadcast to 1.3.

NBC:  Chicago vs. Philadelphia on SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL gave the network a preliminary 5.5, up 0.6 from last week’s game.

CBS:  The overrun of the New England vs. Baltimore game (5.3 in preliminary numbers) pushed the schedule almost an hour.  60 MINUTES was up 0.3 to 1.8, and the reruns of THE GOOD WIFE and THE MENTALIST that followed were at 0.8/0.7.

FOX:  Football also pushed up the 7PM hour in several major markets, and then animation reruns were highlighted by 1.7 for FAMILY GUY.  It’s notable that after 90 minutes of stable numbers for the reruns of THE SIMPSONS and Famiiy Guy (1.6/1.6/1.7), viewers deserted the network at 9:30PM when a half-hour of the network’s ANIMATION DOMINATION late-night shows took over, plunging immediately to 1.0.

Apart from THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT on ABC and THE SING-OFF/HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT on NBC, it’s full-on rerun season on the networks.  TNT provides a bastion of original scripted programming with a new episode of MAJOR CRIMES.

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."