November 27, 2013



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  No huge changes in final numbers, but a couple that are worth noting:  AGENTS OF SHIELD went up a further 0.1 to 2.6, which may ease some ABC and Disney minds over the holiday, and PERSON OF INTEREST gained 0.1 to beat CHICAGO FIRE at 10PM.  In addition, THE VOICE climbed 0.1, as did SUPERNATURAL.

TUESDAY CABLE:  Cable was dominated by BIG BANG THEORY and FAMILY GUY reruns, but MOONSHINERS (Discovery) had a 1.1, TOSH.0 (Comedy) had a 1.0, and both ROBOT CHICKEN (Adult Swim) and REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD (BET) were at 0.9.

A 49-year old stop-motion animation owns the night.

Daily Comparison 2013 Tue Nov 26 three way

CBS:  The network’s sleigh was lit by RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER, which had the highest rating on any network for the night (100% of last week’s NCIS number) at 3.0.  NCIS LA slipped 0.1 to 2.4, and a major PERSON OF INTEREST episode rose 0.1 to 2.1.

ABC:  AGENTS OF SHIELD seems to have found its level, at least for now, as it increased slightly to 2.5.  The fall finale of DANCING WITH THE STARS outperformed the usual Tuesday 9-11PM schedule with 2.4, but that was the show’s lowest fall finale ever, down 0.6 from last year.

NBC:  THE BIGGEST LOSER edged up 0.1 to 2.0, but then THE VOICE tied its lowest Tuesday ever, down 0.3 from last week to 2.9.  That made CHICAGO FIRE look fairly impressive as it climbed 0.2 to 2.1.

FOX:  After a series low 1.2 for DADS, an excellent episode of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (perhaps its best yet) was even at 1.5.  The 9PM comedies didn’t face any sitcom competition this week, and NEW GIRL rose 0.2 to 1.9, while THE MINDY PROJECT was up 0.2 to 1.4.

CW:  THE ORIGINALS survived last week’s preemption in fine form, back at the same 1.1 it had 2 weeks ago.  SUPERNATURAL followed with 1.0, up 0.1 from last week.

Although tonight is the last of November sweeps, several networks are starting their holiday breaks early, with a THE MAKING OF ‘THE SOUND OF MUSIC’ special on NBC, reruns on ABC, and a run of that Thanksgiving standby PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES on CW.


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."