December 2, 2013



Except for football and a football-adjacent show, no network programming on Sunday night even hit a 2 rating.

Daily Comparison 2013 Sun Dec 1 three way

ABC:  As it heads towards its midseason climax, ONCE UPON A TIME tied its series low 1.9.  The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY scored a terrible 1.1, although it was somewhat less awful among older-skewing total viewers.

FOX:  The network aired reruns of THE SIMPSONS (1.5) and FAMILY GUY (1.6), and without fresh lead-ins, BOB’S BURGERS was down 0.3 to 1.6, and AMERICAN DAD dropped 0.2 to 1.7.

CBS:  The line-up was delayed for 50 minutes, so all numbers are preliminary and likely to shift.  We think the 7PM NFL FOOTBALL overrun will adjust to a massive 8.7 with the AFC Denver/Kansas City showdown, and that pushed 60 MINUTES all the way to 3.4.  After that, THE AMAZING RACE is currently at 1.9, THE GOOD WIFE at 1.6 and THE MENTALIST (barely in primetime) at 1.5.

NBC:  The Giants/Redskins game on SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL wasn’t a huge draw as games go, but it was still enough for what we expect to be a 6.5, easily dominating the night.

Now that November sweeps are over, networks are starting to rest their shows, with holiday specials on ABC and a rerun SLEEPY HOLLOW on FOX.  NBC airs the midseason finale of THE BLACKLIST.

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."