October 22, 2013



AMC:  THE WALKING DEAD couldn’t hold at last week’s premiere mega-numbers, but it didn’t fall off much, with a still-gigantic 7.1 for the 9PM airing (down from 8.2 last week), plus 1.6 from re-airings.  TALKING DEAD was impressively even, holding at 2.6 even though its lead-in was less titanic.  The Walking Dead halo effect (if that’s the right phrase) is so strong that the old horror movies AMC showed through the course of the day as its Fearfest had ratings up to 0.8 as well.

HBO:  BOARDWALK EMPIRE edged up to 0.8, but EASTBOUND AND DOWN slipped 0.1 to 0.3.  The numbers for HELLO LADIES were below the radar.

SHOWTIME:  The newly-renewed HOMELAND, divisive Big Reveal and all, was down 0.1 to 0.7.  Also renewed is the excellent MASTERS OF SEX, although its numbers for this week haven’t shown up anywhere, which isn’t a great sign.

LIFETIME:  WITCHES OF EAST END took a step in the wrong direction, falling 0.2 to 0.6.  It was still ahead of lead-in DROP DEAD DIVA, which was off 0.1 to 0.5.



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."