May 30, 2012




The real question is whether Hatfields & McCoys outrated all the networks again.

NBC:  AMERICA’S GOT TALENT is so far the dominant network show of the early summer, its 3.7 more than doubling every other show on the networks (except its own 8PM repeat).  That provided an excellent platform for a GRIMM repeat at 10PM, which at 1.3 was almost as strong as new episodes have been on Fridays.

ABC:  The 1.2 for COUGAR TOWN‘s network finale wasn’t much, but it still outrated the show’s May hour of episodes that ran against regular-season competition.  A special 20/20 about Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee built slightly to 1.3.

CBS:  NCIS reruns and a special 48 HOURS MYSTERY were very steady at 1.3-1.4.

FOX:  A set of 4 NEW GIRL reruns didn’t do much for the franchise at quadruple 1.0s.

CW:  The premiere of reality series THE CATALINA and the… something… finale of THE LA COMPLEX both hit a 0.3.  For those who like percentages, that was actually a 50% rise for Complex from last week, AKA it was up 0.1.

NBC airs the first game of the STANLEY CUP FINALS tonight, while CBS premieres reality show DOGS IN THE CITY.  FOX has a new SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

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."