May 14, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  The season finales of AGENTS OF SHIELD and THE GOLDBERGS gained 0.1 at ABC.  On NBC, the 9:01PM start of ABOUT A BOY raised THE VOICE by 0.1 and dropped BOY correspondingly.  The season finale of THE ORIGINALS dropped it 0.1.

TUESDAY CABLE:  NBA BASKETBALL on TNT again led the way, dominated by 2.6 for the crazy Clippers/Thunder game, with 1.3 for Pacers/Wizards.  The NHL PLAYOFFS on NBC Sports Network were at 0.8.  THE DEADLIEST CATCH (Discovery) held at 1.0.  INK MASTERS (Spike) was down 0.1 to 0.8, while THE LITTLE COUPLE (TLC) rose 0.1 to 0.8 and 19 KIDS AND COUNTING (TLC) fell 0.2 to 0.7.  On Comedy Central, TOSH.0 and INSIDE AMY SCHUMER were at 0.8/0.6, down 0.1 for TOSH.  FARGO (FX) held at 0.5, as did AWKWARD. (MTV), and FAKING IT (MTV) stayed at 0.4, as did PLAYING HOUSE (USA).

FOX looked like a cable network last night–and not in a good way.

Daily Comp 3way 2014 Tue May 13

FOX:  The season finale of GLEE fell 0.2 to an embarrassing new series low of 0.6, and the premiere of RIOT followed with an even worse 0.5.  In both hours, the network was beaten by CW.

NBC:  THE VOICE stayed at last week’s series low 2.5.  The first half-hour of ABOUT A BOY was up 0.2 from last week to 1.7, and the season finale that followed then dropped 0.2 to 1.5, although that was still better than what Growing Up Fisher has been doing in that slot.  The season finale of CHICAGO FIRE was steady at 1.9.

CBS:  Season finales of both NCIS (2.6) and NCIS LA (2.5) were up by 0.3, and the season finale of PERSON OF INTEREST rose 0.2 to 1.9.

ABC:  The season finale of AGENTS OF SHIELD stayed at 1.9.  The season finale of THE GOLDBERGS was up 0.1 to 1.4, and the series finale of TROPHY WIFE was up 0.2 to 0.9.  CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP held at 0.9.

CW:  The season finale of THE ORIGINALS is currently up 0.3 to 0.9, and SUPERNATURAL is currently up 0.1 to 0.9, but the network was preempted in NY for baseball, so those numbers may shift.

Tonight’s season finales include CRIMINAL MINDS, SUBURGATORY, NASHVILLE and ARROW.

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."