April 3, 2014



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  There were the usual 0.1 bumps (for THE MIDDLE, SUBURGATORY and MODERN FAMILY on ABC, and for SURVIVOR and CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS), and dips (CSI). but the more interesting point is what didn’t go up.  There was no afternoon joy for AMERICAN IDOL, setting things up for a potential record-breaking low tonight–one that might not be able to adjust up to 2.0 in the afternoon–and while all of ABC’s first 3 sitcoms increased, there was no bump for MIXOLOGY.  One additional note:  after writing this morning’s post, I learned that REVOLUTION had killed off one of its major characters last night–the fact that absolutely no one seems to be talking about that tells you everything you need to know about where REVOLUTION is right now.  (REVOLUTION is preempted next Wednesday for a SVU rerun, which won’t help.)

WEDNESDAY CABLE:  With DUCK DYNASTY’s season over, Wednesday cable got a lot quieter.  After a slew of BIG BANG THEORY, FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD and ROBOT CHICKEN reruns, AMERICAN PICKERS (History) was on top with a mere 0.8.  with WORKAHOLICS (Comedy) and REAL WORLD (MTV) behind at 0.7, both steady with last week.  THE AMERICANS (FX) remained at its modest 0.4.


A moderately bright night for NBC as the other networks feel the pain.

Daily Comp 3way 2014 Wed Apr 2

NBC:  All the network’s shows were up a bit:  REVOLUTION by 0.1 to 1.3, SVU by 0.2 to 1.7, and CHICAGO PD by 0.2 to 1.6.  This wasn’t exactly cause for wild celebration, since none of them won their timeslots, but at least they were moving in the right direction.

CBS:  SURVIVOR slipped 0.1 to tie its season low 2.2.  CRIMINAL MINDS was up a solid 0.3 to 2.5, but CSI fell 0.1 to 1.9.

FOX:  It was down again for AMERICAN IDOL, off 0.1 to 2.1 and boding badly for tonight.

ABC:  The network’s last remaining comedy smash is MODERN FAMILY, and that show is eroding swiftly:  down 0.4 to 3.2, a 25% decline from this time last season.  THE MIDDLE held even at 1.9, SUBURGATORY rose 0.1 to 1.6, and MIXOLOGY stayed at 1.6 (although the latter started at 9:31PM, so that could change).  NASHVILLE was up 0.2 to 1.5, within hailing distance of the already-renewed Chicago PD and strengthening its credibility for a renewal.

CW:  Both shows were down by 0.1:  ARROW to 0.8, and THE 100 to 0.7.  100 remains in relatively good shape as long as it can stay close to Arrow‘s numbers.

Tonight marks the demise of ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND, which has officially been canceled.  All the networks except CW are new, and the other number to keep an eye on is the one for the 2d episode of SURVIVING JACK on FOX.


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."