May 25, 2012



Dancing beats singing.

ABC:  The summer isn’t off to a great start, with the hugely-hyped premiere of DUETS–more of a variety show than a competition in its first episode– failing to spark much viewer interest and landing at a 1.7.  That wasn’t far ahead of the reruns on CBS and NBC (and behind Big Bang Theory‘s repeat).  ROOKIE BLUE premiered a month earlier than it had last year, and was down 0.2 from that number to a.1.4 (when it had a stronger 2.3 lead-in from Expedition Impossible). 

FOX:  Pardon FOX if it’s heard this before, but after a spring of watching American Idol win at a historically low level, now SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE won the night with a 2.4 (the only thing close was that Big Bang rerun), which was nevertheless down a heavy 0.9 from last year’s premiere.

NBC:  The series finale of AWAKE was up 0.2, but since that only brought it to a 0.9 rating, no one at NBC is second-guessing its cancellation.  Earlier in the evening, 2 OFFICE reruns had twin 0.7s, and an AMERICA’S GOT TALENT rerun reached a 1.2.

CBS:  The strongest rerun network scored a 2.3 with BIG BANG THEORY, then the remainder of the night ran 1.4-1.7, with THE MENTALIST‘s 1.5 enough to win its hour.

CW:  Another Perez Hilton special could only manage a 0.3, better than the 0.2 for the VAMPIRE DIARIES rerun that followed.

Tonight is all reruns, all networks, all night.  Welcome to summer.

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."