November 26, 2013



AMC:  Although still massive, THE WALKING DEAD has been consistently falling, down another 0.3 this week to 5.7 (plus another 1.0 from the 11PM re-airing).  It’ll be interesting to see how the fall finale scores on Sunday (last year’s had a 5.4, even with the week that preceded it).  TALKING DEAD was also down, by 0.4 to 1.8.

HBO:  The season finale of BOARDWALK EMPIRE was even with last week at 0.7 (although up around 10% with older-skewing total viewers).  It was down a bit from last season’s 0.8 finale.  Premieres of GETTING ON and JA’MIE: PRIVATE SCHOOL GIRL are currently below the ratings radar, confirming low expectations.

SHOWTIME:  HOMELAND was steady at 0.7, and up around 10% in total viewers to 1.9M.  MASTERS OF SEX held at 0.4 and 1.1M total viewers.

LIFETIME:  WITCHES OF EAST END, with a somewhat bonkers hour (Asgard?  Really?) rose 0.1 to 0.6, with 1.5M total viewers.

BRAVO:  REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA dropped slightly, down 0.1 to 1.5 with 3.3M total viewers.

TBS:  It’s worth noting that the roughly one-billionth airing of 1939’s THE WIZARD OF OZ had a robust 0.7 rating and 2.3M viewers, with a lead-in from 1966’s HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (0.6 and 1.7M).

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."