January 9, 2014



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  CHICAGO PD held its 2.0 rating in final numbers, and remained stable through the hour, which is a good sign for the show.  REVOLUTION, though, sank 0.1 to 1.5, just barely over its series low, and the 10:30PM SUPER FUN NIGHT also lost 0.1 to 1.7.  The PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS gained 0.1 for a 2.4, while the 8:30PM 2 BROKE GIRLS rerun lost 0.1 to 1.5.  CW’s ARROW rerun dropped 0.1 to 0.3.

WEDNESDAY CABLE:  The long-promised appearance by Stevie Nicks didn’t help AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, which dropped 0.3 from its last airing to 1.8–still the highest-rated cable show of the night.  AMERICAN PICKERS on History was at 1.1, and MY STRANGE ADDICTION was at 0.9 on TLC.  The season premiere of PSYCH had a 0.8 rating, around where the show was most of last season, although 0.2 below its 2013 premiere (which was in late February).


The launch of Chicago PD was fair but hard to gauge.

Daily Comparison 2014 Wed Jan 08 three way

NBC:  CHICAGO PD didn’t air against either of the shows it will face regularly on CBS or ABC, so we’ll know more about its appeal next week.  Its 2.0 put it in second place for the hour (far better than the 1.3 launch of Ironside and narrowly ahead of the 1.9 start for Chicago Fire, although that had a lower lead-in), almost holding SVU ‘s 2.1, but that number was uncharacteristic as well, up 0.5 from its last new episode because of a combination of no Criminal Minds on CBS and a return to the season’s major Mariska Hargitay storyline.  The night started with 1.6 for REVOLUTION, up 0.2 from its last airing.

CBS:  THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS was down a sizable 0.4 from last year to 2.3, its lowest 18-49 rating since 2008.  CBS started the night with 1.5/1.6 reruns.

ABC:  THE MIDDLE rose 0.2 from its last new episode to 2.2.  An 8:30PM episode of SUPER FUN NIGHT, without its usual MODERN FAMILY lead-in, hit a series low 1.5.  Both Family and the night’s regularly scheduled Fun Night were even at 3.5/1.8.  Probably fearing an overlapping audience between the People’s Choice Awards and Nashville, ABC repeated its recent DAVID BLAINE: REAL OR MAGIC special for 1.4.

FOX:  Biding its time until next week’s American Idol season premiere, FOX aired the Will Ferrell comedy STEP BROTHERS and had a 1.2.

CW:  Reruns at 0.4/0.2.

ABC, NBC and CBS are new tonight, and ABC will pray that THE ASSETS doesn’t get lower than last week’s disastrous premiere.  On cable, the star-studded THE SPOILS OF BABYLON parody makes its debut on IFC.



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."