May 1, 2014



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  A trio of the morning’s lows were narrowly dodged when SURVIVOR, AMERICAN IDOL and SUBURGATORY were adjusted up 0.1.  But the adjustments giveth and taketh away:  REVOLUTION and CSI both lost 0.1.

WEDNESDAY CABLE:  TNT’s NBA PLAYOFF games were again on top at 2.0/1.3, while an NHL PLAYOFFS Game 7 on NBC Sports Network was at 0.5.  BRING IT (Lifetime) was way up, increasing 0.3 to 1.0.  On History, AMERICAN PICKERS and DOWN EAST DICKERING were each down 0.2 to 0.7/0.5.  THE AMERICANS (FX) lost 0.1 to 0.4.

Not a shining night for anyone.

Daily Comp 3way 2014 Wed Apr 30

ABC:  Just ugly.  THE MIDDLE was down 0.1 to 1.8, SUBURGATORY dropped 0.3 to tie its series low 1.4, MODERN FAMILY lost a horrible 0.7 to hit a season low 2.8 (last week had featured the show’s much-hyped Australia trip), MIXOLOGY fell 0.2 to 1.3, and NASHVILLE dropped 0.3 to a series low 1.2. Suburgatory, Mixology and Nashville are all bubble shows, and this wasn’t the time to plunge in the ratings.

NBC:  REVOLUTION returned to the schedule for the first time in a month, and was up 0.1 to 1.4.  SVU fell 0.3 to 1.8.  The second half of the CHICAGO PD crossover with Chicago Fire, however, paid off with an 0.3 increase to 1.9.

CBS:  SURVIVOR slipped 0.1 to a season low 2.2.  CRIMINAL MINDS similarly dropped 0.1 to tie its series low 2.2.  The “cyber crime” planted pilot episode of CSI was up 0.1 to 1.8.

FOX:  After a couple of weeks where it looked like AMERICAN IDOL had finally steadied out, the show fell 0.3 to hit a new Wednesday low 1.8.

CW:  ARROW gained 0.1 to 0.8, and THE 100 stayed at 0.6.

Tonight’s sweeps event is the return of Isaiah Washington to GREY’S ANATOMY (preceded by a run of Washington’s last episode as a series regular), while NBC preempts its night for the first IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS (which will attempt to steal some thunder from ABC’s Billboard Music Awards on May 18).  2 season finales on cable:  History’s VIKINGS and USA’s SIRENS.


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."