January 15, 2014



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  The news only got worse for FOX, as THE MINDY PROJECT slipped another 0.1 to reach a new low 1.1.

TUESDAY CABLE:  In its 2d outing, BEING MARY JANE (BET) fell 0.3 to 1.2, still enough to top last night’s cable originals (although behind an Adult Swim rerun of FAMILY GUY).  PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (ABCFamily) was down 0.1 to 1.1, and spin-off RAVENSWOOD was down a sharper 0.2 to 0.5.  MOONSHINERS (Discovery) fell 0.1 to 1.1.  JUSTIFIED (FX) dropped 0.2 from last week’s season premiere to 0.9, and COUGAR TOWN (TBS) was similarly down 0.2 to 0.7.  THE HAVES AND HAVE NOTS (OWN) lost 0.1 to 0.8.

Two shiny new Golden Globes did nothing for Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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FOX:  Despite its wins on Sunday, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE fell 0.1 from last week and tied its series low 1.4.  It was part of a generally miserable night for FOX’s comedy slate, as DADS fell 0.3 to tie its series low 1.2, NEW GIRL held its season low 1.6, and THE MINDY PROJECT fell 0.1 to also tie its season low at 1.2.  All of this, mind you, was without having to face The Voice on NBC.

ABC:  The network canceled Lucky 7 and The Assets when they hit 0.7 ratings–and that’s where KILLER WOMEN is after a 0.2 drop last night.  With 6 episodes still set to air, can it survive even to February?  On the (slightly) plus side, AGENTS OF SHIELD aired its 2d consecutive heavily mythologized episode, and held last week’s 2.2, and THE GOLDBERGS was up 0.1 to 1.8.  TROPHY WIFE tied last week’s series low 1.1.

CBS:  Things couldn’t have been more steady:  NCIS held at 3.0, NCIS LA was even with its last new episode at 2.4 (which also tied last week’s run of Intelligence in that slot), and PERSON OF INTEREST stayed at 2.0.

NBC:  THE BIGGEST LOSER tied last week’s 1.7, but CHICAGO FIRE dropped 0.2 to a season low 1.8, adrift without its lead-in from The Voice.

CW:  THE ORIGINALS and SUPERNATURAL returned for the first time since December, both down 0.1 to respective 0.9/1.0.

Tonight is absolutely critical for FOX:  the season debut of AMERICAN IDOL.  Last year’s premiere was 6.0, which sounds great but was the show’s lowest non-summer launch ever, down 20% from the year before.  That ushered in a season of record low ratings, eventually getting as low as a 4.0, and FOX has rejiggered things (new judge Harry Connick, Jr, changes in format) in hopes of stopping the bleeding.  The other networks aren’t running away, with new programming everywhere (except in the Survivor hour on CBS, since that show is between cycles).  On the non-Idol side, ABC brings back SUBURGATORY tonight, although in the 8:30PM slot and not with a MODERN FAMILY lead-in, and NBC will be hoping that CHICAGO PD can at least hold last week’s rating.


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."