May 9, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  THE BIG BANG THEORY only gained back 0.1 of the giant 0.8 it had tumbled this morning, while THE MILLERS lost the corresponding 0.1.  All of ABC’s shows went up, GREY’S ANATOMY by 0.2 and BLACK BOX (and the 8PM GREY’S rerun) by 0.1. 

THURSDAY CABLE:  As expected, the NFL DRAFT dominated the night, with a 4.6 on ESPN and additional 1.1 on NFL Network.  (Various ESPN SPORTSCENTERS took up 3 additional spots in the night’s top 10, with 1.0-1.6 ratings.)  TNT’S NBA PLAYOFFS coverage made Thursday even more of a sports-centric night, at 1.2/1.1, and an NHL PLAYOFF game on NBC Sports Network was at 0.6.  The highest-rated non-sports original was PAWN STARS (History) at 0.7, down 0.2 from last week.

The NFL Draft has become something for the networks to fear.  Preliminary ESPN numbers gave last night’s first round–airing in May for the first time–6.1M total viewers, which is up almost 50% from last year, and if that translates to 18-49s, the Draft will outrate everything on network TV last night with approximately a 4.3 rating.  (The Draft also aired on NFL Network, which might add another 1.0 or so to the total.)

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CBS:  A rather odd outcome for the night, as the only show really skewered was the biggest hit on broadcast TV, THE BIG BANG THEORY, which stumbled by 0.8 to a season low 3.7.  After that, THE MILLERS (2.0) and 2 1/2 MEN (2.1) were steady with last week, and BAD TEACHER (1.3) was only down by 0.1.  ELEMENTARY was also down 0.1, tying its series low 1.5.

ABC:  After 0.6 for a GREY’S ANATOMY rerun, the night’s new Grey’s fell 0.3 to 2.3, then BLACK BOX dropped 0.2 to 1.1.

FOX:  HELL’S KITCHEN started the night down 0.1 to 1.5, then AMERICAN IDOL was slightly up by 0.1 to 1.6, and the just-canceled SURVIVING JACK rose 0.2 to 1.2.

NBC:  HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT, airing at 8PM, stayed at 0.9, and the AMERICAN COMEDY AWARDS special was at 1.0.

CW:  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES dropped 0.1 to 0.7, while REIGN held at 0.5.

HAWAII 5-0 and BLUE BLOODS air their season finales tonight, and FOX sits the night out with a rerun of Monday’s 24 premiere.

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."