November 13, 2013



Agents of SHIELD has lost its superpowers.

Daily Comparison 2013 Tue Nov 12 three way

ABC;  One might reasonably have expected AGENTS OF SHIELD to benefit from the arrival of the blockbuster new Thor movie in theatres last weekend (the series is even planning a spin-off episode next week, although without any of the movie’s stars).  But instead, SHIELD plunged 0.3 to a new low 2.2, not all that far ahead of The Biggest Loser on NBC.  If ABC and the show’s producers can’t figure SHIELD out, a sub-2 rating seems inevitable.  Oddly enough, despite the SHIELD problem, ABC did have some good news last night. THE GOLDBERGS justified its back order by rising 0.2 to a 1.7 that tied New Girl.  Even TROPHY WIFE climbed 0.1, although at 1.2 it’s still not doing much.  A SCANDAL FOR REAL docutabloid hour rated at 0.8, slightly above last week’s pre-CMA special in that slot.

NBC:  After a 0.2 drop for THE BIGGEST LOSER to 1.9, THE VOICE held even at 3.4.  At 10PM, CHICAGO FIRE (which was preempted last week) was up 0.1 to 2.2, giving it an 0.2 lead over Person of Interest, although that margin may not last into final afternoon numbers.

CBS:  The NCIS shows were even at 2.9/2.4, and then PERSON OF INTEREST was up 0.1 from last week (when it faced The Voice) to 2.0.

FOX:  A terrible night for the network’s sitcoms, all of which were at series lows.  DADS and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE both dropped 0.2 to 1.2/1.4, NEW GIRL fell 0.3 to 1.7, and THE MINDY PROJECT was down 0.2 to 1.3.

CW:  THE ORIGINALS continued to be a breakout CW hit, rising 0.2 to 1.1, ahead of SUPERNATURAL, which rose 0.1 to 1.0.

All new episodes from the networks tonight, as we hit the midpoint of November sweeps.

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."