July 22, 2013


Sadly, if not surprisingly, the most notable development on TV last night was the quick dissipation of any promise from last week’s premiere that The Newsroom had learned from its Season 1 mistakes, as its insufferable self-righteousness (the 9/11 flashback) and unspeakable rom-com contortions (the laundromat excursion) were on full display.  Ah well.  Meanwhile, to the numbers:

Daily Comparison 2013 Sun Jul 21

FOX:  The preview of Saturday’s late-night ADHD lineup, with 15-minute segments of AXE COP and HIGH SCHOOL USA didn’t do much, not even able to hold its 1.5 lead-in from a FAMILY GUY repeat and falling to 1.1.  It was actually the lowest-rated half-hour in FOX’s 8-10PM animated block, and the other 90 minutes were all reruns.  Of course, it’s the young male demo that matters on these shows, and late-night is very different than primetime.

CBS:  BIG BROTHER more than doubled the rating of anything else on the networks last night with a 2.4, up 0.3 from last week.  That gave CBS a tie (with FOX) for the nightly win, even though nothing else on the network topped a 0.8.

NBC:  Led by 0.9 for an SVU rerun.  CROSSING LINES was up, although climbing 0.1 to 0.6 is the definition of nothing to boast about.

ABC:  Both new shows dropped, as CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP and WHODUNNIT were at 1.0,  down 0.2 and 0.1 respectively.

Regular summer line-ups tonight, sure to be topped by UNDER THE DOME.  CW lurches into life with a second season of BREAKING POINTE.

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."