December 7, 2012


Scandal shows some heat.

ABC:  A dynamite episode of SCANDAL (written by creator Shonda Rhimes) that managed to propel the story both backwards and forwards via flashbacks and a startling episode-ending revelation had by far its best-rated episode of the season, up 0.3 from last week to 2.5 and notching a 10PM win.  This was particularly impressive because in the previous hour, GREY’S ANATOMY tied its own season low at 3.0.  At 8PM, LAST RESORT was up 0.2 to a still-terrible (and meaningless, now that the show is canceled) 1.2.

NBC:  The post-wedding episode of 30 ROCK tied its all-time low 1.1.  UP ALL NIGHT held even at 1.2, then THE OFFICE rose from last week’s all-time low by 0.2 to reach 2.1.  PARKS AND RECREATION rounded out the sitcom block slightly up at 1.5.  ROCK CENTER was also barely up at 1.0.

CBS:  BIG BANG THEORY was slightly down to a mighty 5.5, and 2 1/2 MEN rose 0.2 to 4.2.  PERSON OF INTEREST beat ABC (up 0.3) at 9PM with 3.2, and ELEMENTARY was up a bit to 2.3.

FOX:  THE X FACTOR was back down to 2.4, off 0.3 from last week.  GLEE, continuing its horrifying take on bulimia amid the showtunes, was down slightly to 2.1.

CW:  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES fell to 1.1, slumping 0.3.  BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, despite its back order, is looking like an endangered species with a mere 0.5.

Tonight mostly features new episodes of regular series, apart from an SNL clip show special on NBC.  On cable, Sundance Channel will premiere its miniseries RESTLESS, with a classy cast that includes Hayley Atwell, Michele Dockery and Charlotte Rampling.

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."