June 16, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  The STANLEY CUP FINALS adjusted up to 2.3 after time zones were accounted for.  In addition, 20/20 rose by 0.1. 

FRIDAY CABLE:  See our WORLD CUP SKEDBALL post for a detailed breakdown of the day’s games, but in 18-49s, 2 of the games were the highest-rated shows on cable:  the Spain/Netherlands game  (ESPN) at 1.4 and Chile/Australia (ESPN2) at 1.3.  Earlier in the day, the Mexico/Cameroon game (ESPN2) was at 0.9.  Elsewhere on cable, WWE (Syfy) was at 0.7, down 0.1 from last week.  DINERS, DRIVE-INS & DIVES (Food Network) was at 0.4, also down 0.1.

NBC:  The 5th and final game of the STANLEY CUP FINALS has a preliminary 1.9 rating in 18-49s, but that number will change, not only because of time-zone adjustment but due to the fact that the game required two overtimes and coverage didn’t end until 12:47AM Eastern time.

ABC:  WHAT WOULD YOU DO? and 20/20 were each down 0.2 from last week, respectively to 1.2 and 1.3.

CBS:  Reruns, led by 0.8 for UNDERCOVER BOSS.

FOX:  Reruns, highlighted by 0.5 for MASTERCHEF.

CW:  Reruns, topped by 0.5 for WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY.

A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL game on FOX tonight is all that breaks up the usual Saturday mix of reruns and micro-budgeted unscripted programming.  Sunday brings Game 5 of THE NBA FINALS on ABC, and NBC burns off the series finale of BELIEVE against it.  On cable, GAME OF THRONES will have a huge season finale in the homes that have HBO.


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."