April 15, 2013



It was almost like football season last night, with a sports overrun claiming Sunday’s biggest rating by far.

CBS:  Per Mitch Metcalf:  “The Masters over-run into CBS prime time last night (including two sudden-death playoff holes) averaged a 4.1 fast national rating with adults 18-49, which we are adjusting up to 4.7 to reflect the west coast viewing of this live event.”  The Masters overrun pushed the rest of the CBS schedule almost an hour, and numbers are very preliminary.  At the moment 60 MINUTES, as it does during the fall, has the bulk of the benefit from the overrun, currently up a full point from last week to 2.4.  THE AMAZING RACE is currently down 0.3 from its last new episode to 2.0, and THE GOOD WIFE is listed as 1.7, up 0.2 from last week.  THE MENTALIST aired in primetime only on the west coast.

FOX:  Whether because of the golf overrun or not, it was a slow night for FOX’s animated shows.  THE CLEVELAND SHOW, back in its 7:30PM slot after several weeks of later airings, returned to a 1.1 rating.  The rest of the line-up, which hadn’t aired new episodes in 3-4 weeks, was down:  THE SIMPSONS at 1.8 (down 0.4), BOB’S BURGERS at 1.6 (down 0.1), FAMILY GUY at 2.4 (down 0.2), and AMERICAN DAD at 2.0 (down 0.3).  Most of these were barely above their season lows.

NBC:  The only new show of the night was CELEBRITY APPRENTICE, up 0.3 to 1.7.  Before that, a rerun of THE VOICE had a 1.0.

ABC:  The network basically took the night off, airing only a ONCE UPON A TIME clip show (which had a 1.3) among repeats.

It’s a busy night tonight, with new episodes on all 4 big networks plus the debut of game show OH SIT and the return (for the last time) of 90210 on CW.  Meanwhile, on cable there are 2-hour season finales for DALLAS on TNT and TOP OF THE LAKE on Sundance Channel, plus the 2-hour premiere of DEFIANCE on Syfy, its much-heralded TV series/video game hybrid.

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."