May 10, 2013



Scandal is on its way to becoming a phenomenon.

Episode Track 2013 Thu May 9

ABC:  With the season finale still to come, last night’s SCANDAL set a series record 3.2.  That was up an incredible 0.6 from last week, up 0.3 from its lead-in, and towers over anything else airing at 10PM on network TV.  For its part, GREY’S ANATOMY slipped a slight 0.1 to 2.9.  The night started with a 1.2 for the season premiere of WIPEOUT, pretty much where Wife Swap has been the last few weeks.

NBC:  As rumors circulate that COMMUNITY might make it to a 5th season, this year’s finale climbed 0.1 to 1.3.  The penultimate 1-hour episode of THE OFFICE was up a very healthy 0.5 to 2.3, boding well for next week’s exit.  Even with the higher lead-in, though, HANNIBAL remained mired at 1.1.

CBS:  THE BIG BANG THEORY was down 0.3 to 4.6, just slightly above its season low.  2 1/2 MEN, though, rose 0.2 to 3.4.  PERSON OF INTEREST had its third consecutive week at a series low 2.4, then ELEMENTARY was bludgeoned by the competition on ABC, falling 0.2 to a series low 1.8.

FOX:  AMERICAN IDOL was up 0.2 from last week’s series low to 2.8, and the GLEE season finale also rose 0.2 to 2.1, still below the show’s season average.

CW:  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES was slightly down at 0.9, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST held at 0.5 for the third week in a row.

Tonight’s line-up features one definite series finale (TOUCH on FOX) and one that’s probable (VEGAS on CBS), with new episodes of almost everything else.

Daily Comparison 2013 Thu May 9

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."