July 12, 2013



ABC was the odd network out last night, despite an all-new line-up.

Daily Comparison 2013 Thu Jul 11

NBC:  THE WINNER IS was far from the winner in its Thursday premiere with a 1.0.  (It followed a repeat of itself, which didn’t do much worse with 0.8.)  The premiere of HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT fared better.  Per Mitch Metcalf:  Game Night premiered last night to an okay 1.3 adult 18-49 rating at 10PM.  In its favor, it grew from the anemic 1.0 rating for The Winner Is… at 9 pm, but even more significantly it grew at the midway point (from a 1.2 from 10:00-10:30 to 1.4 from 10:30-11:00).

ABC:  The fresh programming on other networks plunged ABC to an awful night.  WIPEOUT and MOTIVE both had series lows at 0.9 and 0.8 respectively, and ROOKIE BLUE hit a season low 1.0, down 0.2 from 2 weeks ago (it was preempted last week for the 4th of July).

CBS:    BIG BROTHER livened things up at 9PM, tying FOX for the lead with 2.0 in an hour in which all 4 networks aired new programming.  The rest of the night was reruns, dominated by 1.9 for THE BIG BANG THEORY.

FOX:  A HELL’S KITCHEN rerun with 0.8 at 8PM led into the 2.0 for the new episode at 9PM.

CW:  Reruns at 0.2/0.2.

Another quiet Friday is in store, with some new newsmagazines and the burn-off of CULT on CW.  Saturday brings a new AN AMERICAN GIRL TV-movie on NBC, which is probably some kind of time-buy.  The big arrival on Sunday is Season 2 of THE NEWSROOM on HBO.

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."