October 10, 2011

THE SKED: Sunday Ratings Report & Network Scorecard – 10/9/11


We’ll have an updated chart with specific ratings and trends up later today, but meanwhile here’s a rundown on how last night’s shows fared.  Note that both NBC and CBS will have football-related changes once the night’s final, time-zone adjusted ratings are released, and that the CBS schedule slipped by a bit more than half an hour in most of the country due to its football overrun.
ABC:  The night’s big headline was that PAN AM is now seriously in trouble.  It had a 1.9 rating last night, which continues a troubling trend for the show (3.1, 2.5, 1.9), and it’s running 35% below Brothers & Sisters last season (which, remember, was cancelled for those numbers).  Any further decline and the show’s flight could have an unexpected–and final–landing.  Its lead-in DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES was no great shakes either, with a 2.7 rating that continued its own decline (3.2, 2.9, 2.7).  It’s now an awful 40% below last season’s average, although still the highest scripted performer of the night.  Earlier in the evening, EXTREME MAKEOVER:  HOME EDITION had a 2.0 on one of its final Sunday appearances, and AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS was down slightly to a 1.4.  

CBS:  As noted, a football overrun will likely shift some of these numbers.  As of now, THE GOOD WIFE appears to be steady or up slightly from last week with a 2.2, but CSI MIAMI looks to be disturbingly down to a 2.0 (from 2.3 in the past 2 weeks), which would be off an ugly 45% from last year’s average.  In earlier shows, THE AMAZING RACE appears to be down a bit to a 2.7 (from 3.0 in the past 2 weeks), which is about 10% off last year’s pace, and SIXTY MINUTES, as of now, appears to be slightly up to 3.6 from last week’s 3.5 (but was the show most directly affected by the football overrun).
NBC:  Its NFL FOOTBALL number will also be affected by time-zone modification.  As of now, it’s at a 7.9, which would be up from last week’s game but down from the previous 3 weeks (10.0, 10.7, 8.3, 7.3).
FOX:  The baseball playoff game was waylaid by rain, forcing a last minute substitution of CLEVELAND SHOW and X-FACTOR reruns.  Consequently, it wasn’t a factor with a 1.0 average.

Come back later for more detailed ratings and analysis…

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."