October 21, 2013



Even more than usual, it was football’s night.

Daily Comparison 2013 Sun Oct 20 three way v2

NBC:  Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis was relentlessly hyped all week, especially when the Colts owner appeared to criticize him publicly.  The result was a massive number for NFL SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, which we anticipate will be adjusted to 11.0 in final ratings tomorrow, up 2.6 from last week’s game.

CBS:  As usual, the afternoon NFL overrun boosted 60 MINUTES in a big way, giving it a preliminary 3.2 (the rating fell 1.3 during the course of the hour).  After that, THE AMAZING RACE was even at 1.9.  THE GOOD WIFE, which is having a smashing season creatively, was up 0.2 to 1.4.  THE MENTALIST fell 0.1 to a new series low 1.2.

ABC:  Another ugly Sunday.  ONCE UPON A TIME tied its all-time low 2.0, down 0.4 from last week (and down a horrific 1.3 from the same week last season).  REVENGE dropped 0.1 to 1.5 (also down 1.3 from last year).  BETRAYAL was technically up 0.1 to 0.9, but the show started at 10:01PM, so that may not hold up.

FOX:  With no Game 7 of the American League playoffs, the night was all animated reruns, highlighted by 1.3 for THE SIMPSONS.

The networks are all-new tonight except that FOX is rerunning the SLEEPY HOLLOW pilot at 9PM after the BONES wedding episode.

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."