March 18, 2013



Daylight Savings Time only made ABC’s Sunday troubles worse.

ABC:  It’s getting harder to label ONCE UPON A TIME as a “hit,” with last night’s episode tying its series-low 2.2 and the numbers not much higher than that over the past 6 weeks.  Last night was down 0.7 from the same Sunday last year.  REVENGE fell below a 2 again, down 0.2 to 1.8, and 0.8 below Desperate Housewives last year.  That looked good next to the increasingly awful RED WIDOW, which must have the dumbest cast of characters in a “drama” on television and hit a new low 1.0, only half of what the canceled GCB did on the same night last year.

CBS:  Declines for THE AMAZING RACE (down 0.2 to 2.2) and THE MENTALIST (down 0.1 to 1.6), but THE GOOD WIFE stayed steady at 1.5, albeit with an episode that wasn’t one of its best.

FOX:  The night’s animations were mostly down.  THE CLEVELAND SHOW fell 0.4 to 1.2 at 7:30PM, although it held even at 1.8 in an 8:30PM airing, while THE SIMPSONS was down a tick to 2.1, BOB’S BURGERS slipped 0.2 to 1.8, and FAMILY GUY hit a 0.4 bump, down to 2.3.  As a whole, the shows were down 0.3 to 0.6 from last year.

NBC:  After a 1.3 for DATELINE, CELEBRITY APPRENTICE was steady at 1.8.

Everything is new tonight, sparked by the return of DANCING WITH THE STARS on ABC, and the season finales of  THE BIGGEST LOSER and DECEPTION on NBC.  On cable, A&E checks in to BATES MOTEL, and Sundance begins its miniseries TOP OF THE LAKE.


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."