October 1, 2012


People aren’t all that interested in renting an apartment from the devil.

ABC:  666 PARK AVENUE won the battle of scripted hours at 10PM (both way behind NFL Football, of course), but it lost a third of its lead-in and had the barest of victories, 2.2 vs 2.1–natural post-premiere attrition suggest it’ll fall behind quickly.  Up until then, the story had been a good one for ABC, as ONCE UPON A TIME returned at 3.8, only marginally behind last year’s series premiere and average, and REVENGE arrived on its new day and timeslot with a 3.2, its highest rating since its own series premiere last year on Wednesday.

CBS:  A shaky premiere week for the Eye concluded that way.  60 MINUTES and THE AMAZING RACE were both down half a ratings point from last year’s premieres (at 1.8 and 2.5, respectively).  Minutes could only tie a Once Upon A Time clip show recap for last place in the hour, and Race was firmly in last place at 8PM.  THE GOOD WIFE was down 0.4 from last season’s premiere to 1.8, almost a point and a half behind its nearest competition.  THE MENTALIST managed to edge up from its lead-in, but was still anemic at 2.1, a full point behind last year’s average on Thursdays.

FOX:  Boosted by a football overrun, THE SIMPSONS was only slightly down from last year’s premiere at 3.7, and BOB’S BURGERS, although it lost one-third of that lead-in, was still half a point higher than last season’s average at 2.5 (Bob started its run last season in March, after football was done for the season).  The football aftereffects dimmed at 9PM, as FAMILY GUY was down 0.8 from last year’s premiere (and half a point from its season average) at 3.3, and AMERICAN DAD was down half a point from last year’s premiere at 2.5.

NBC:  Oh, yeah… NFL FOOTBALL easily won every hour of the night with a preliminary 6.2 for a game that went down to the last second before the Giants went down to defeat.

New episodes of everything tonight, including the very important 2nd episode of PARTNERS on CBS.  It didn’t have a great start last week, and needs to show some promise quickly.  THE MOB DOCTOR on FOX may have its last chance to show signs of life.  Meanwhile, CW will air an IHEARTRADIO music special before launching its fall Monday next week.

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."