May 31, 2013



A steadily unimpressive night.

Daily Comparison 2013 Thu May 30

CBS:  The season finale of MIKE & MOLLY, pushed back because of a tornado storyline, was all but buried among reruns on Thursday night, and it only managed a series-low 1.8, even below the BIG BANG THEORY rerun that preceded it with a 2.0.  After that, procedural reruns were at 1.3/1.1, with the former number enough to win the 9PM hour.

ABC:  The night was 1.1/1.2/1.2 for WIPEOUT (down 0.1 from last week), MOTIVE (also down 0.1) and ROOKIE BLUE (steady, and the narrow winner of its hour).

FOX:  HELL’S KITCHEN won the 8PM hour (tying CBS for the first half-hour), even though its 2.0 was down 0.2 from last week.  DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO GO? fell 0.3 from its premiere to 1.0.

NBC:  The absolutely awful SAVE ME continued its burn-off with 0.7/0.6.  After 0.7 for a rerun of THE OFFICE, the newly-renewed HANNIBAL was even at 1.0, in last place for its hour.

CW:  Reruns at 0.5/0.4.

Only the news-ish shows are new in primetime tonight, with sports in the spotlight on Saturday night:  STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS on NBC and MLB BASEBALL on FOX.


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."