April 12, 2013



With the other 3 networks in reruns, FOX and NBC prospered.

FOX:  An “event” GLEE that dealt (albeit in a superficial, gimmicky way) with the issue of school shootings gave the show a 2.4, an increase of 0.4 from its last episode and the show’s best rating in over a month.  Prior to that, AMERICAN IDOL was up 0.2 to 3.1, higher than it’s been for the past 3 Thursdays.

NBC:  The highly-promoted Muppet episode of COMMUNITY boosted it 0.2 to 1.2.  PARKS & RECREATION was steady at 1.5, then THE OFFICE was up a tick to 1.9.  The season finale of GO ON only managed the same 1.1 as last week, not a strong argument for renewal.  Facing only reruns on the other networks, HANNIBAL held at 1.6.

ABC:  Only WIFE SWAP was new last night, up 0.1 to 1.4.  After that, GREY’S ANATOMY and SCANDAL reruns were at 1.3/0.9.

CBS:  A night of reruns, led by THE BIG BANG THEORY with 2.9, which was the highest rated show of the night on any network.  Also notable:  the repeat of ELEMENTARY at 10PM was only 0.2 behind the hour’s new episode of Hannibal.

CW:  Reruns had twin 0.3s.

A mix of fresh episodes and reruns tonight, with GRIMM, SHARK TANK and KITCHEN NIGHTMARES among the latter.  On cable, Starz premieres its new series DA VINCI’S DEMONS.

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."