February 10, 2014

THE SKED NETWORK SCORECARD (and “The Walking Dead” Premiere) – 2/9/14


Skiers and skaters couldn’t beat walkers.

Daily Comparison 2014 Sun Feb 09 three way

NBC:  See Mitch Metcalf’s Skedball report for Sunday’s WINTER OLYMPICS analysis.  The games scored 6.9 in preliminary primetime 18-49 numbers.

AMC:  Although THE WALKING DEAD had fewer total viewers than the Olympics (15.8M to 25.4M), it walloped the athletes in 18-49s with a gigantic 8.2 in that demo.  The post-show TALKING DEAD panel show had its highest premiere ever with 3.0 in 18-49s.

CBS:  THE BEATLES: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA was at 2.1, which is actually as well or better as the network’s line-up normally does on fall Sundays when it faces football.  It also had a healthy 14M total viewers.  At 7PM, however, 60 MINUTES was at a season low 1.2.

ABC:  The night was highlighted by 1.3 for AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS.  A run of TOY STORY 3 was at 1.0, then a CASTLE fell to 0.7.

FOX:  Animated reruns, led by 1.4 for FAMILY GUY.

This is the rare night when just about all the networks are challenging the Olympics, with everything new except CBS’s 8-10PM sitcoms.  At 10PM, ABC gives last week’s JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE with “foe” Matt Damon (which aired against Jay Leno’s finale) a primetime run.

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."