July 6, 2012


There was plenty of original programming available on Thursday, but viewers wanted only one familiar friend.

CBS:  Back-to-back reruns of THE BIG BANG THEORY were the highest rated shows of the night, with 2.1 and 2.4 ratings–nothing else on the networks even got close to a 2.  Even though the PERSON OF INTEREST and MENTALIST reruns that filled out the night were considerably lower (1.5/1.2), that was enough to give CBS the win.

ABC:  The 2d live DUETS scored the same lousy 1.0 as the first.  WIPEOUT and ROOKIE BLUE, though, won their hours with a respective 1.7 (down 0.3 from last week) and 1.3 (up 0.2).

FOX:  The finale of TAKE ME OUT and next-to-last THE CHOICE were both up, by 0.3 to 1.3 and by 0.4 to 1.6.

NBC:  The high point of the night was a 0.9 for ROCK CENTERSAVING HOPE hit a new low with a truly terrible 0.4.

CW:  A new BREAKING POINTE had a 0.3 (practically a hit by the standards of CW’s summer), followed by a 0.3 for a VAMPIRE DIARIES rerun.

Everything is a rerun tonight except the newsmagazines on ABC and NBC.

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."