July 1, 2013



A definition of pathetic:  the combined rating for the four broadcast networks last night sunk below a 4 rating with adults 18-49, down 33% from the same night last year.

Daily Comparison 2013 Sun Jun 30

CBS:  For what it’s worth, a 1.1 average allowed CBS to claim victory last night.  BIG BROTHER was the highest-rated show of the evening at 1.7, but that was down half a point from Wednesday’s premiere, and an even worse 0.6 from last year’s Sunday launch.  A rerun of the UNDER THE DOME pilot had a not-bad 1.1, boding well for tonight’s new episode, a rerun of THE MENTALIST won at 10PM with 0.8, and 60 MINUTES had a 0.9.

ABC:  No one is interested in the network’s original programming, as both CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP and WHODUNNIT had 1.0s, each down 0.3 from last week’s premieres.  That was just a tick better than a rerun AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS at 7PM.

NBC:  On the bright side, CROSSING LINES didn’t go down from last week’s premiere… which meant it remained at a sad 0.7, falling from the 0.9 lead-in it had from an SVU rerun, not to mention the 0.8 for an AMERICA’S GOT TALENT rerun that ran 7-9PM.

FOX:  The network’s Seth MacFarlane animations continued to hold up well, as the FAMILY GUY/AMERICAN DAD combo won the 9PM hour with 1.4/1.3.

Tonight NBC introduces its post-Voice Monday line-up, which means the return of AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (running for 2 hours tonight) and another scripted international co-production, the thriller SIBERIA  Its prospects aren’t good, considering how well UNDER THE DOME premiered last week in that hour.

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."