May 3, 2013



The absence of the NFL Draft didn’t help all that much.

Daily Comparison Thu May 2 2013

FOX:  The losses keep accumulating for AMERICAN IDOL, which last night had its lowest-ever regular episode at 2.5, down 0.3 from last week, and equal to the season low for a Thursday X Factor.  Incredibly, the show that spent a decade as a TV powerhouse was only the 5th highest show of the night.  GLEE was even at 1.8.

NBC:  The night was mostly up from last week’s lows, but still below the last fresh episodes before that.  COMMUNITY, at 1.2, was up 0.2 from last week’s low, then an hour-long THE OFFICE was up 0.1 to 1.8.  The season finale of PARKS & RECREATION was up 0.2 to 1.5.  HANNIBAL, however, stayed at the 1.0 it hit last week, which even on NBC is probably too low to survive.

CBS:  THE BIG BANG THEORY was up 0.1 to 4.6, but that still put it a big 0.6 behind the last new episode before that.  Similarly, 2 1/2 MEN, while up 0.3 to 3.1, was down 0.8 from the previous new episode. PERSON OF INTEREST matched last week’s series low 2.4, and ELEMENTARY also matched its series low 2.0.

ABC:  After WIFE SWAP‘s season finale 1.1 matched its season low, GREY’S ANATOMY and SCANDAL played their now-routine back and forth (which may well shift with afternoon numbers), with Grey’s currently up 0.2 to 2.9, and Scandal down 0.2 to 2.6.  The important thing from ABC’s point of view is that both shows handily won their hours.

CW:  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES slipped 0.1 to 0.9, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was steady at 0.5.

Tonight’s network season (and probably series) finale is HAPPY ENDINGS on ABC.  On IFC, the new comedy MARON makes its debut.

Episode Track Thu May 2 2013

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."