July 19, 2013



Here’s something you don’t see every day:  the highest rated broadcast network among 18-49s last night was… Univision.  All the English-language networks (every one of which featured at least some original programming) were also-rans.

Daily Comparison 2013 Thu Jul 18

CBS:  BIG BROTHER had the night’s biggest number, up 0.2 from last week to 2.3.  That was also up 0.1 from the same night last year. (And the show might be up 0.2 year over year when the official nationals are released later today.)  The upward trend of Big Brother is all the more impressive with the arrival of Hell’s Kitchen in the same time period this summer, the only other network show on Thursday to hit a 2 rating with adults 18-49.  BIG BANG THEORY was, as usual, the night’s highest scoring rerun at 1.7.

ABC:  A decent night, as WIPEOUT and ROOKIE BLUE each creeped up 0.1, to twin 1.1s.  MOTIVE remained bogged down at 0.8.

NBC:  Week two of HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT was down 0.2 from last week’s premiere to 1.2, narrowly hanging on to a very unimpressive victory in the 10PM hour.  That was better than THE WINNER IS…, which slumped 0.2 from last week to 0.9 (barely above its own rerun at 8PM, which had a 0.8).

FOX:  HELL’S KITCHEN was down 0.1 to 2.0, with a rerun at 8PM scoring 1.2.

CW:  Reruns at 0.3/0.2.

It’s another dead summer Friday on the networks, with just a few newsmagazines providing fresh hours–and Saturday is worse.  One interesting point on Sunday:  FOX will air 15-minute previews of its upcoming latenight animated shows AXE COP and HIGH SCHOOL USA in primetime, prior to their real premieres on July 27.


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."