July 8, 2013



Another ugly Sunday for the networks.  Collectively, the not-so-big 4 were down 5% from the same night last year.

Daily Comparison 2013 Sun Jul 7

CBS:  Proving again that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, BIG BROTHER has gotten extra attention in the past week because of the racist and homophobic comments made by several contestants in the 24-hours-per-day series feed.  The network tried to ignore the issue for several days, but the show addressed it last night, with an episode that was up 0.2 from last week to 2.1, the highest-rated hour of the night.  It more than doubled the rest of the evening’s average, highlighted (so to speak) by a 1.0 for 60 MINUTES.

ABC:  WHODUNNIT was even at 1.0, and that was the good news, as CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP hit a new low 0.9.

NBC:  CROSSING LINES aired its best episode so far last night, but it didn’t matter–the show was outrated by all the reruns NBC ran before it, and could get no higher than tying last week’s 0.6.

FOX:  Animation reruns were enough to tie CBS for the  night’s lead, highlighted as usual by FAMILY GUY with a 1.7.  That’s higher than many original episodes of NBC sitcoms scored during the regular season.

NBC introduces its GET OUT ALIVE reality show with Bear Grylis tonight, leading in to the second episode of SIBERIA.  CBS has a new UNDER THE DOME, and ABC is all new.  On cable, Syfy airs the Season 1 finales of DEFIANCE and WAREHOUSE 13.


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."