November 20, 2013



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  Little change from this morning’s numbers, with 0.1 increases for AGENTS OF SHIELD, THE VOICE, THE BIGGEST LOSER and DAVID BLAINE: REAL OR MAGIC.  ABC will hope the boost for SHIELD means that the show has leveled out after 2 months of nearly constant decline.

TUESDAY CABLE:  A big episode of SONS OF ANARCHY beat NBC and CBS at 10PM (although it was behind ABC’s magic special), down 0.1 from last week to 2.2.  The only other non-BIG BANG THEORY/FAMILY GUY rerun to get even a 1.0 was TOSH.0 (Comedy), while MOONSHINERS (Discovery), THE DAILY SHOW (Comedy) and ROBOT CHICKEN (Adult Swim) were at 0.8.


Agents of SHIELD wasn’t the top-rated show on ABC last night.

Daily Comparison 2013 Tue Nov 19 three way

ABC:  A Thor-related AGENTS OF SHIELD episode gave the show a 0.1 boost last night to 2.3, although THE GOLDBERGS then went down 0.1 to 1.6 (SHIELD ran 61 minutes, so those numbers may shift this afternoon).  The high point of the night, though, was a celebrity-packed DAVID BLAINE: REAL OR MAGIC special, which filled the final 90 minutes of the night at 2.5.

CBS:  NCIS held at 3.0, and NCIS LA was up 0.1 to 2.5.  Even with much stronger competition from ABC than usual, PERSON OF INTEREST (which ran an old-time sweeps event episode, killing off a regular cast member) matched last week’s 2.0, beating NBC in the hour.

NBC:  THE BIGGEST LOSER was even at 1.8, but THE VOICE as on Monday, had its lowest Tuesday of the season at 3.1, down 0.3 from last week.  That dropped CHICAGO FIRE 0.3 to a season-low 1.9, strongly suggesting that the show is still little more than a timeslot hit.

FOX:  DADS and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE were both up 0.1 to 1.3/1.5, while NEW GIRL held at its series low 1.7.  Facing atypically strong ABC competition, THE MINDY PROJECT dropped 0.2 to a season low 1.2.

CW:  One hopes the network got a good deal on its IHEARTRADIO LADY GAGA special, because it plunged from the numbers The Originals has given the hour to a dismal 0.3.  Between that and the ABC competition, SUPERNATURAL dropped 0.2 to 0.9.

All the networks have fresh sweeps episodes tonight of their regular programming.

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."