June 28, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  Both WHAT WOULD YOU DO? and 20/20 climbed by 0.1.  There was no good news for CROSSBONES.

FRIDAY CABLE:  It was a happy night for The Disney Channel, which premiered GIRL MEETS WORLD to a strong 1.3 rating, the highest cable number of the night (and almost the highest on network or cable).  Prior to that, ZAPPED was at 1.0.  The only other number worth noting was 0.9 for WWE on Syfy, up 0.1 from last week.

Another dead summer Friday for the networks.

ABC:  The nightly win, such as it was, went to 20/20, up 0.2 from last week to 1.3.  WHAT WOULD YOU DO? was also up 0.2 to 1.2.  The evening started with 1.1 for a SHARK TANK rerun.

NBC:  A LEAP OF FAITH medical news special with Meredith Viera was at only 0.5 (half of Dateline‘s rating last week), but even that looked good compared to the 0.4 for CROSSBONES, down 0.2 to a new and pathetic low.

FOX:  The final burned-off episode of RAKE found an additional 0.1 to exit with 0.3.  That was well below the 0.5 for the rerun HELL’S KITCHEN that started the night.

CBS:  Reruns, led by 0.7 for BLUE BLOODS.  (How old is the Blue Bloods audience?  Something like 88% of its total viewers are over 50 years old.)

CW:  Reruns, highlighted by 0.4 for WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY.

There’s plenty of new material on the networks tonight, but it’s all cheap unscripted stuff, burn-offs or (in the case of FOX) baseball.  Sunday, as usual, will be far more active.  CBS premieres RECKLESS and new episodes of UNFORGETTABLE, while NBC throws a LAST COMIC STANDING clip show against the faltering RISING STAR on ABC.  On cable, HBO launches its new drama THE LEFTOVERS, and Showtime airs the finales of PENNY DREADFUL, NURSE JACKIE and CALIFORNICATION (the latter is its series finale).

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."