May 27, 2013



There was no curtain call for Smash.

Daily Comparison 2013 Sun May 26

NBC:  SMASH‘s 2-hour exit was an ignominious one.  Although its 0.5 was up 0.1 from its last Saturday airing, it was very nearly the lowest-rated show on a low-rated holiday weekend night, edged out only by a Good Wife rerun on CBS.  Smash barely managed to be even with the rerun of The Voice that preceded it, and it lowered NBC’s rating 35% from last year’s Memorial Day Eve.  (We’ll find out later today or tomorrow if it was also beaten by HBO’s somewhat similarly-skewing Behind the Candelabra.)

FOX:  The Sunday before Memorial Day was very similar to last year.  The night was dominated by NASCAR Coca-Cola 600, which averaged a 1.8 rating in the fast nationals with adults 18-49.  However, we are estimating the rating will go up to a 2.1 in the official nationals when viewing in the Western US is properly counted for this live telecast (matching last year’s rating).

CBS:  Reruns, none over a 0.6.

ABC:  Reruns, led by a 0.8 for WIPEOUT.

ABC and NBC have fresh programming tonight, and FOX continues burning off episodes of THE GOODWIN GAMES.  On cable, LONGMIRE has its season debut on A&E, and Lifetime debuts RING OF FIRE, a bio of June Carter Cash starring Jewel.


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."