December 13, 2013



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  As expected, CBS bore the brunt of the final ratings corrections once the NFL game was removed.  THE BIG BANG THEORY dropped 0.2 to 5.3 (still up 0.3 from last week), THE MILLERS fell 0.3 to 2.6 (still up 0.2), THE CRAZY ONES and 2 1/2 MEN both lost 0.2 to 1.9s (now both down from last week, MEN by a big 0.4), and ELEMENTARY shed 0.1 to 1.7 (no longer tied with last week).  On the other networks, all the other changes were at 8PM:  ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND and THE SING-OFF both dropped 0.1 (to 1.3 and 0.8) while THE VAMPIRE DIARIES climbed 0.1 to 1.1. 

THURSDAY CABLE:  THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (NFL Network) was of course dominant at 3.3,   The night’s other strong showing was for PAWN STARS (History) at 1.2.  GROUND FLOOR (TBS) was at 0.7, considerably below the 1.2 lead-in it got from a BIG BANG THEORY rerun.


A pair of fall finales clicked for ABC last night.

Daily Comparison 2013 Thu Dec 12 three way

ABC:  Although ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND only matched its 0.9 series low, GREY’S ANATOMY was up 0.4 from last week (which had to face NBC’s behemoth Sound of Music Live), and SCANDAL rose 0.2 to 3.2.

NBC:  With the hills no longer alive, NBC returned to its dreary normal.  THE SING-OFF dropped 0.4 from Wednesday to 1.4, SEAN SAVES THE WORLD was at 1.0 (hey, that was up 0.1 from its last airing!), THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW held even at its dreadful 0.9, and PARENTHOOD was also steady at 1.2.

FOX:  THE X FACTOR continues to sink, down 0.2 to an NBC-like 1.2.  An 0.7 GLEE rerun followed it.

CW:  The fall finale of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES didn’t get any bump, steady at 1.0.  The same was true for REIGN at 0.6.

CBS:  The network’s local stations in both Denver and San Diego aired the Thursday Night Football game, so preliminary numbers may be inflated.  At the moment, THE BIG BANG THEORY is at 5.3 (up 0.5), THE MILLERS at 2.9 (up 0.5), THE CRAZY ONES at 2.1 (even), 2 1/2 MEN at 2.1 (down 0.2) and ELEMENTARY at 1.8 (even).

Aside from a rerun BONES on FOX, everything is new tonight.  NBC preempts DRACULA for 2 hours of GRIMM.  On cable, Syfy airs the season finale of HAVEN.


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."