May 28, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  THE BACHELORETTE climbed 0.2 in final numbers, while MASTERCHEF and AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR gained 0.1.  (The NINJA WARRIOR clip show, however, lost 0.1.)  

MONDAY CABLE:  It was ESPN’s turn for the NBA PLAYOFFS, and the network was tops by far with 2.8, while NBC Sports Network’s NHL PLAYOFFS were at 0.7.  VH1 was no slouch with LOVE & HIP-HOP ATLANTA at 1.6 (down 0.2 from last week)  plus 0.8 for a 10PM run and 0.6 at midnight, and HIT THE FLOOR at 1.1, plus 0.5 at 11PM.  Lifetime’s PETALS ON THE WIND movie was at 1.2, with 3.4M total viewers–hefty, but no match for last year’s FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC, which scored 1.9/6.1M.  THE WORLD WARS miniseries on History debuted with a solid 1.0, plus 0.5 at 11PM.  THE BOONDOCKS (Adult Swim) dropped by 0.1 for the 2d consecutive week, down to 0.9 (plus 0.6 at 2AM).  Over its 3 hours, WWE (USA) was at 1.2-1.3, down 0.1 also for the 2d week running.  LOUIE (FX) is as brilliant as ever but also as much of a niche show, at 0.2 for its pair of half-hours, down 0.1 from last week.

The night of Memorial Day wasn’t notable for TV-watching.

NBC:  After 0.9 for a clip show, AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR returned with new episodes at 1.5, 0.2 below last season’s debut.

FOX:  The MASTER CHEF season premiere was at 1.4.  That was down a hefty 0.7 from last year’s premiere, but with an excuse:  it had previously launched on the last night of the regular network TV season.  Nevertheless, it did no good for 24, which continued its steady decline by falling 0.2 to 1.5.

ABC:  THE BACHELORETTE dropped half a point to a new series low 1.4.  It was followed by 0.4 for a CASTLE rerun.

CBS:  The only new sitcom in the line-up was FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES, down 0.2 to a new low 1.4, and a special 48 HOURS was at 0.9.  The night’s comedy reruns were at 0.9-1.0.

CW:  A run of the movie MEMORIAL DAY earned 0.3.

NBC brings AMERICA’S GOT TALENT back to the schedule tonight, followed by the premiere of NIGHT SHIFT.  ABC airs the season premiere of EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS.

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."