August 26, 2013



The regular season hasn’t started yet, but the NFL is already in charge.

Daily Comparison 2013 Sun Aug 25 three way v2

NBC:  Per Mitch Metcalf, although preliminary numbers have the Sunday night NFL PRESEASON FOOTBALL game at a 2.1, we anticipate that final numbers will bring that to 2.6, easily winning the night for NBC.

CBS:  BIG BROTHER rose 0.2 to 2.3, and UNFORGETTABLE was up 0.1 to 1.2 with weaker ABC competition in the hour.

ABC:  SECRET MILLIONAIRE moved into the 9PM slot, and fell 0.3 to 0.9.  FAMILY DANCE OFF had no takers at 8PM, with a lonely 0.7 start.

FOX:  The 7PM AMERICAN DAD rerun didn’t suddenly become a hot commodity–that FOX number will turn out to include an overrun from NFL afternoon games.  Apart from that, the night of animated reruns was highlighted by 1.2/1.3 for a pair of FAMILY GUY episodes.

With THE BACHELORETTE done for the season, ABC is shifting the last few episodes of MISTRESSES to 9PM, giving the show a chance against unscripted competition.  Other than that, it’s a normal summer Monday, with an all-new line-up on NBC and a fresh UNDER THE DOME on CBS.  On cable, A&E has the season finale of LONGMIRE.

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."