April 12, 2014



FOX:  The season premiere episodes of KITCHEN NIGHTMARES ran at 1.2/1.1, far better in the 9PM hour than sitcoms have done for FOX all season.  They were also up from last season’s 0.9 premiere.

ABC:  The night started with 1.1 for LAST MAN STANDING, down 0.3 from last week.  That didn’t help the season finale of THE NEIGHBORS, which fell 0.1 to 0.8.  SHARK TANK, airing for the second night in a row, fell 0.4 from last week to 1.6.  20/20 slipped 0.1 to 1.4.

NBC:  After 0.7 for a news special about the Boston Marathon bombing (down 0.4 from last week’s Dateline), GRIMM was down 0.2 to 1.2, and HANNIBAL was steady at 0.8.

CBS:  UNFORGETTABLE rose 0.1 to 1.0, HAWAII 5-0 lost 0.1 to 1.3, and BLUE BLOODS was steady at 1.5.

CW:  The rerun WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY was actually higher (0.5) than the new episode that preceded it (0.4).  HART OF DIXIE notched an extra 0.1 to 0.3.

Only a NASCAR race is new on Saturday, and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE is hosted by Seth Rogen, with musical guest Ed Sheeran.  Sunday is much busier, with the season premiere of MAD MEN on AMC as well as of NURSE JACKIE and CALIFORNICATION on Showtime.

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."