December 9, 2013



Note:  NBC and FOX NFL ratings below are adjusted to reflect our estimated final numbers after time zone adjustment.  In addition, the CBS schedule ran about half an hour late in several markets, also due to football.

Preliminary numbers for the simultaneous premiere of BONNIE & CLYDE on Lifetime, A&E and History are at 9.8M total viewers, which would be moderately impressive on a single network (still well below the 13-14M who watched Hatfields & McCoys and The Bible on History alone), but aren’t very exciting on the combination of all three.

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ABC:  Some good news for the Sunday before next week’s fall finales, as ONCE UPON A TIME rose 0.3 to 2.2.  However, both REVENGE and BETRAYAL stayed at their respective 1.5/0.8.

CBS:  Again, these numbers will be shuffled somewhat due to NFL overruns.  At the moment, 60 MINUTES is at 2.2, way down from last week’s 3.9 (which followed a huge national football overrun).  The cycle finale of THE AMAZING RACE only held even with last week’s 2.1, an all-time finale low.  THE MENTALIST was also stable at 1.7.

FOX:  After 7.1/5.0 during the 7PM football hour, THE SIMPSONS held at the 3.0 from its last new episode 2 weeks ago (when it also followed the late national game), BOB’S BURGERS benefited from the lead-in to rise 0.5 from last week to 2.1, FAMILY GUY (also a rerun last week) was up 0.4 from 2 weeks ago to 2.6, and AMERICAN DAD was boosted 0.4 from last week’s post-rerun episode to 2.1.

NBC:  We expect SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL to reach 7.1 in final numbers, up 0.9 from last week’s game thanks to a battle-for-first-place Caroline/New Orleans showdown.

NBC brings back THE SING-OFF tonight, and FOX is all new.  The other networks have mixes of the occasional new episode with reruns and holiday specials.


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."