May 30, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  Both GANG-RELATED and BLACK BOX went up 0.1 in final numbers, which is a bit heartening for GANG in particular, since it means the show went up–however slightly–from its premiere.  Also up 0.1:  the BACHELORETTE rerun.

THURSDAY CABLE:  Soon ABC will be airing the Finals, but for now the NBA PLAYOFFS are still kings of cable, with last night’s TNT game at 2.8.  The last game of the Eastern Conference NHL PLAYOFFS on NBC Sports Network was at 0.8.  PAWN STARS (History) climbed 0.2 to 1.1 in both of its half-hours, followed by 0.7 for BIG RIG BOUNTY HUNTERS.  LOITER SQUAD (Adult Swim) was at 0.9/0.7 in its 15-minute segments, which seems a bit odd–what made 20% of its audience switch off at 12:15AM?  (Was the 2d segment a rerun?)  Anyway, the first 15 minutes were up 0.2 from last week.  THE CHALLENGE (MTV) slipped 0.1 to 0.6.

Undateable turned out to be watchable for a fair number of viewers.

Daily Comp 3way 2014 Thu May 29

NBC:  Nestled between HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (up 0.1 from last week to 1.2) and LAST COMIC STANDING (down 0.1 from last week’s season premiere to 1.6), UNDATEABLE scored with 1.3 for both of its half-hours.  For a summer comedy, and considering the wreckage of NBC’s Thursday sitcom line-up all season, that’s a very decent result, and the especially promising part was the fact that it barely lost any viewers at 9:30PM.

FOX:  The night was less encouraging for GANG-RELATED, although it could have been worse, as both it (0.9) and HELL’S KITCHEN (1.6) were steady with last week’s numbers.

ABC:  After 0.5 for a THE BACHELORETTE rerun, BLACK BOX fell 0.1 to a new low 0.7.

CBS:  Despite all the activity on the other networks, the highest-rated show of the night was CBS’s rerun of THE BIG-BANG THEORY at 2.0 (although that was down 0.2 from last week).  Another pair of sitcom reruns hit 1.5s.

CW:  Reruns at twin 0.3s.

NBC adds the pirate drama CROSSBONES to its summer line-up tonight, which is otherwise dominated by reruns.

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Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.