April 5, 2013



Hannibal doesn’t have much of an appetite.


NBC:  The positive spin on HANNIBAL‘s 1.6 debut is that it’s better than NBC has done in that awful timeslot in roughly a year, and a considerable boost from its lead-in.  Nevertheless, a 1.6, mired in last place for the hour, is hardly anything to celebrate, especially since the vast majority of series fall from their premieres in Week 2.  The rest of the night was just dreadful:  a new series low 1.0 for COMMUNITY, a below-average 1.5 for PARKS AND RECREATION (although that lead-in didn’t help), a new series low 1.7 for THE OFFICE, and a 1.1 for GO ON, barely above its series low and down 0.8 from last week, when it aired on Tuesday after The Voice.

ABC:  The numbers for GREY’S ANATOMY and SCANDAL tend to fluctuate a bit when final numbers come in, so this may or may not ultimately prove to be the first time that Scandal tied Grey’s (with matching 2.7s).  The two shows, though, are on different trajectories:  if these numbers hold, Grey’s will be slightly above its series low, while Scandal will be slightly below its series high.  (In any case, Scandal dominated the other networks in its hour.)  The night started with a season-low 1.2 for WIFE SWAP.

FOX:  Well, the good news is that AMERICAN IDOL didn’t sink any deeper from last week’s series low 2.8, even facing new episodes on CBS.  The experiment of airing NEW GIRL and THE MINDY PROJECT with an Idol lead-in didn’t accomplish anything, with a 2.0 for New Girl that was down 0.2 from its last Tuesday episode (and even with recent episodes of Glee in the post-Idol slot), and a 1.4 for Mindy that was up 0.1.

CBS:  THE BIG BANG THEORY was steady, up 0.1 to 4.9, but TWO AND A HALF MEN surged 0.4 to 3.8.  Things went downhill from there, as PERSON OF INTEREST hit a season low 2.7 and ELEMENTARY matched its series low 2.1.

CW:  Reruns at 0.4/0.2.

All the networks have fresh programming tonight, and the number to watch is the one for VEGAS as it makes its Friday debut on CBS.

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."