May 13, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  Both DANCING WITH THE STARS and the CASTLE season finale were up 0.1 in final numbers.  The same was true for FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES and BONES.  But 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY and THE BLACKLIST stayed put (so BLACKLIST was actually down for its season finale), and both the STAR-CROSSED series finale and the rerun of THE ORIGINALS lost 0.1.

MONDAY CABLE:  The NBA PLAYOFFS on TNT held the cable lead at 2.2/1.8, while the NHL PLAYOFFS on NBC Sports Network were at 0.7.  LOVE & HIP-HOP ATLANTA (VH1) dominated the rest, down 0.2 from last week’s premiere to 1.7 (plus 0.6 at 11PM), with T.I. & TINY at 1.3 and THIS IS HOT 97 at 0.5 (both down 0.1).  Over its 3 hours, WWE (USA) was at 1.4-1.5, up around 0.1 from last week.  THE BOONDOCKS (Adult Swim) remained very strong, up 0.1 to 1.1 (plus 0.5 at 2AM).  SWAMP PEOPLE (History) and FAST N LOUD (Discovery) were both at 0.9, and REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC (Bravo) at 0.8.  LOUIE (FX) was at 0.4/0.3 for its 2 episodes, down 0.1/0.2 from last week.  A smaller number worth noting:  fueled by his incendiary interview with Donald Sterling, ANDERSON COOPER 360 (CNN) was way up from its usual 18-49 numbers, tying THE O’REILLY REPORT at 0.2.

The nostalgia lasted only so long, as 24 fell substantially in its 2d week.

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FOX:  24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY dropped 0.6 to 2.0, still a solid if not exciting number.  BONES returned to the schedule after reruns and preemptions at 1.6.

NBC:  The season finale of THE BLACKLIST is currently down 0.1 from last week to 2.6, although that might shift in final numbers.  THE VOICE held at 3.0.

ABC:  DANCING WITH THE STARS, perhaps helped by 24‘s slide, rose 0.3 to 2.2.  The CASTLE season finale jumped 0.4 to 2.0.

CBS:  The new episode of FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES slipped 0.1 to 1.5, and MIKE & MOLLY increased 0.3 to 2.0.  Elsewhere on the night, reruns of 2 BROKE GIRLS, MOM and NCIS LA were at 1.3/1.3/0.9.

CW:  The series finale of STAR-CROSSED rose 0.1 to 0.4, and was followed by 0.3 for a rerun THE ORIGINALS.

Tonight’s line-up features a flood of season finales.  On ABC, it’s AGENTS OF SHIELD, THE GOLDBERGS and TROPHY WIFE (the latter its series finale).  On NBC, there are back-to-back episodes of ABOUT A BOY and then CHICAGO FIRE.  CBS features finales of both NCIS series and PERSON OF INTENT.  CW ends its first season of THE ORIGINALS.

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."