August 12, 2013



We don’t have data yet for the season premiere of Breaking Bad, which frankly is of more interest than any of the blah network numbers last night.

Daily Comparison 2013 Sun Aug 11 three way

CBS:  The 0.3 boost for 60 MINUTES (to 1.2) is probably mostly due to a 9-minute overrun for the end of the PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, and will be straightened out in final numbers.  Currently, BIG BROTHER is down 0.1 to 2.2, and UNFORGETTABLE is up 0.1 to 1.3, but all the network’s shows started late due to golf.

FOX:  The TEEN CHOICE AWARDS had a 0.9, not nearly as good as the network has been doing with animation reruns this summer and down slightly from last year (although the show may have done better with more targeted young demos).

ABC:  SECRET MILLIONAIRE dropped 0.2 to 1.0, and WHODUNNIT rose 0.1 to 1.1.

NBC:  With one more week of programming before football makes its return, CROSSING LINES tied its low 0.5, significantly below the 0.8 for the SVU rerun that preceded it.

ABC preempts its line-up tonight for CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK, and the other networks air their regular summer Monday schedules.


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."