November 15, 2013



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  With the NFL game calculated out, both NBC and FOX suffered across-the-board declines that neither network–but especially NBC–couldn’t afford.  So there were new series lows for PARKS & RECREATION (1.1 in both half-hours), SEAN SAVES THE WORLD and THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW (both at pathetic 0.9s), while PARENTHOOD slipped to 1.2.  To put it another way:  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES outrated the entire NBC schedule last night.  Put another way:  in Men 18-34, SEAN SAVES THE WORLD had a 1 share.  A 1!  Meanwhile, both THE X FACTOR and GLEE were also down 0.1, to 1.3/1.4.  On CBS, THE BIG BANG THEORY gained 0.1 to 5.2, but THE MILLERS dropped 0.1 to 2.6, losing a full 50% of its lead-in. 

THURSDAY CABLE:  THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (ESPN) dominated, of course, with a 2.4 that matched last week’s game.  PAWN STARS (History) was up 0.1 to 1.0.  The launch of GROUND FLOOR (TBS) didn’t do much, with a 0.7 that was 0.4 below last week’s BIG BANG THEORY rerun in that timeslot, falling to 0.6 in the second half-hour.  One bright note for TBS:  GROUND FLOOR actually did fairly well with young women, dropping only 10% from its BIG BANG THEORY rerun lead-in.

All hail Parenthood, the highest rated show on NBC’s Thursday night schedule.

Daily Comparison 2013 Thu Nov 14 three way

NBC:  The sad(dest) thing about NBC’s abysmal set of numbers last night is that since the network’s Indianapolis affiliate carried the Colts game, it may all get lower in final numbers this afternoon.  For now, the random return of PARKS & RECREATION (for just one more week, then it goes back in hibernation) tied its series low 1.2, then SEAN SAVES THE WORLD and THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW were both at 1.0, also tying their series lows (and down a big 0.4 for Sean, which last week had The Voice as its lead-in).  PARENTHOOD was even at 1.3.

CBS:  THE BIG BANG THEORY was up 0.2 to 5.1, so it followed that THE MILLERS was up 0.1 to 2.7.  The 9PM comedies were similarly stable, with THE CRAZY ONES even at 2.1 and 2 1/2 MEN also at 2.1, up 0.1 from last week.  ELEMENTARY, though, fell 0.2 to 1.6–not all that far ahead of Parenthood, despite double the lead-in.

ABC:  No happy ending is in store for ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND, which held at 0.9.  The 2.6 for GREY’S ANATOMY tied its series low, down 0.1 from last week.  SCANDAL gained 0.1 to 2.9.

FOX:  The local station in Nashville carried the NFL, so these numbers may also drop in the afternoon.  For now, THE X FACTOR is up 0.2 to 1.4, and GLEE is even at a series low 1.5.

CW:  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES held at an extremely robust 1.3, and the newly backordered REIGN climbed 0.1 to 0.7.

Some of the last pieces of the fall schedule click into place tonight, as FOX moves BONES to Fridays (making room for Almost Human on Mondays), and follows it with back-to-back new episodes of RAISING HOPE.

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."