May 6, 2013



A NASCAR overrun may have been the highest-rated show of the night.

Daily Comparison Sun May 5 2013

ABC:  ONCE UPON A TIME rose 0.2 from last week to 2.2, but it’s still hovering half a point below its season average.  REVENGE edged up 0.1 to 1.8 (down 0.4 from season average), and RED WIDOW bid adieu by climbing 0.2 to 0.9.

CBS:  Airing against the NASCAR overrun, 60 MINUTES fell 0.3 to a season low 1.2.  The 2-hour AMAZING RACE season finale was down 0.1 from last week (and also down 0.3 from last May’s finale and 0.4 from this year’s fall finale) to 2.3.  THE MENTALIST was up slightly to 1.7.

NBC:  After a 0.9 rerun of THE VOICE, CELEBRITY APPRENTICE fell 0.2 to tie its series low 1.4.

FOX:  Because of the NASCAR overrun, The Cleveland Show didn’t air, and the network’s other 4 animations were essentially out of time period (beginning 25 minutes late).  In preliminary numbers, that had the effect of sending THE SIMPSONS way up and FAMILY GUY way down, but those will shift when final ratings are in.

All the networks have new episodes of their regular series tonight except for FOX, which aired its Monday season finales last week.  Tonight it has a RIHANNA 777 concert special before a rerun of BONES.

Episode Track Sun May 5 2013

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."