September 19, 2013



The rollout of pre-premiere week arrivals continued.

CBS:  The fall premiere of SURVIVOR was a heavy 0.6 below last September’s debut, 2.6 compared to 3.2.  However, on the glass half-full side, it was 0.2 above the show’s 2.4 spring premiere.  The BIG BROTHER season finale was fairly steady at 2.4, down just 0.1 from last year.

NBC:  The finale of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT also held steady, up 0.1 from last year to 2.5.  It was preceded by another woeful 1.2 for MILLION SECOND QUIZ.

FOX:  The good and bad news was that THE X FACTOR stayed at the same 2.2 it had in last week’s season debut.  That’s an unimpressive number, but at least it didn’t suffer from the increased competition over at NBC and CBS.

ABC:  Reruns, highlighted by 1.5 for a 9:30PM run of MODERN FAMILY.

CW:  Reruns, at 0.3/0.4.

Daily Comparison 2013 Wed Sep 18 three way


Tonight, Million Second Quiz mercifully comes to its 2-hour end, followed by a Meredith Viera newsmagazine special.  Aside from that, the fresh content consists of  WIPEOUT and X Factor (FOX will follow the latter with reruns of its new Tuesday sit-coms).

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."