May 23, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  Only HELL’S KITCHEN and the night’s rerun of MODERN FAMILY found an extra 0.1 in the couch cushions. 

THURSDAY CABLE:  With no NBA Playoff games scheduled, it was a quiet night.  The NHL PLAYOFFS on NBC Sports Network were at 0.6.  PAWN STARS (History) was at 0.9/0.9, up 0.1 in the 2d half-hour.  THE CHALLENGE (MTV) and LOITER SQUAD (Adult Swim, and only 15 minutes long) were at 0.7.  FX aired an all-X-MEN line-up of movies, and X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE in primetime scored 0.5. 

Summer TV arrived with its usual whimper.

NBC:  LAST COMIC STANDING returned to the air for the first time in 4 years, and held up pretty well, launching with a 1.7 that was down just 0.3 from 2010’s start.  It was preceded by 1.1 for HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT, steady with last week.

FOX:  The burn-off of GANG-RELATED began with an unpromising 0.9.  FOX’s night started with 1.5 for HELL’S KITCHEN, down 0.2 from last week.

ABC:  Without a new Grey’s Anatomy as its lead-in, BLACK BOX fell 0.3 to a new low 0.8.  It was preceded by reruns of THE BACHELORETTE (0.6) and MODERN FAMILY (0.8).

CBS:  The only new programming aired last night was an episode of BAD TEACHER, down 0.3 to 1.1.  The highest rated show on any network last night was CBS’s rerun of THE BIG BANG THEORY at 2.2.

CW:  The 2-night miniseries LABYRINTH launched at 0.4.

Tonight is mostly reruns, but NBC has the season finale of HANNIBAL, and ABC airs the season premiere of WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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."