January 2, 2013


The networks oh-so-slowly began to climb out of their holiday cave.

NBC:  What did PARENTHOOD ever do to justify its treatment by NBC?  The show has been subject to every kind of indignity throughout its run, and last night the network, in a rush to clear the decks of new episodes (to make way for Smash, oh goody) threw the show on New Year’s night, making it the only original series on any network, except the canceled show that’s being burned off–and added insult to injury by preceding it with a marathon of OFF THEIR ROCKERS reruns.  Naturally this set Parenthood to its lowest rating of the season, although that was still more than enough to beat the reruns on the other networks.  The Off Their Rockers ranged from 1.5-1.8.

ABC:  After a 1.3 for a SHARK TANK repeat, the wheels fell off, with 0.8/0.5 for reruns of HAPPY ENDINGS and DON’T TRUST THE B–, and an ugly 0.5 for an off-night NASHVILLE rerun.

CBS:  The 1.4 NCIS LA rerun carried the night, slightly above a 1.3 for NCIS and way ahead of the 0.9 for VEGAS.

FOX:  None of the night’s reruns exceeded a 0.7.

CW:  A from-the-grave episode of EMILY OWENS MD managed 0.4, which at least beat the 0.3 for a rerun of HART OF DIXIE.

NBC airs a full schedule of new episodes tonight.  It’s the only network to do so, although ABC has a “new” Nashville clip show at 10PM, and FOX features two new episodes of MOBBED.

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."