February 5, 2014



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  No good news in the final numbers for FOX, as NEW GIRL and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE stayed as is.  All changes were of the 0.1 variety:  up for NCIS, AGENTS OF SHIELD and THE ORIGINALS, down for NCIS LA, THE GOLDBERGS, TROPHY WIFE and SUPERNATURAL. 

TUESDAY CABLE:  MTV’s TEEN MOM was again on top, up 0.1 from last week to 1.5.  BEING MARY JANE (BET) was behind it at 1.3, then THE HAVES AND HAVE NOTES (OWN) at 1.1.  The latter was the most-watched cable show of the night, with 3.4M total viewers, up an impressive 600K from last week.  MOONSHINERS (Discovery) was also at 1.1, down 0.1 from last week.  COUNTING CARS (History) was at 0.9, as was JUSTIFIED (FX), the latter up 0.1.  Although 18-49 isn’t its target demo, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (ABCFamily) was down 0.1 to 0.9, and the midseason finale of RAVENSWOOD was at 0.5, up 0.1.  COUGAR TOWN (TBS) was even at 0.7.

Post-Super Bowl Tuesday could hardly have gone worse for FOX.

Daily Comparison 2014 Tue Feb 04 three way

FOX:  Millions of people watched NEW GIRL and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE for the first time on Sunday night–and apparently none of them cared to see the shows again.  New Girl fell 0.3 from its last regular airing to 1.6, and Brooklyn, airing for the first time at 9:30PM, was down 0.5 from its last Tuesday airing to 1.4.  Both shows are probably safe for fall, but at this point it’s really going to depend on FOX’s pilot season and scheduling strategy.  It’s sadly worth noting that New Girl is a full point below the 2.6 it earned in the parallel week last year.  Meanwhile, DADS held its 1.5 from last week, which looked awfully good in the context of the rest of the night.  At 8:30PM, a Brooklyn rerun was at 1.3, barely below the night’s new episode.

NBC:  The season finale of THE BIGGEST LOSER was at 2.2, up 0.3 from last week but significantly down from last year’s 2.7 finale.  The night started with a pre-Olympics WINTER GOLD special, which scored 1.4.

CBS:  The night’s easy winner.  NCIS held at 3.0, NCIS LA zoomed 0.5 from its last new episode to 2.9, and PERSON OF INTEREST was up 0.1 to 2.1.  (Note:  preemptions for college basketball in a couple of markets may lead to adjustments this afternoon.)

ABC:  The decision to interrupt a run of repeats for a single new episode of AGENTS OF SHIELD last night was an odd one, and it didn’t pay off, down 0.1 to 2.1.  THE GOLDBERGS and TROPHY WIFE were stronger (in the case of Trophy, that’s a relative term), with Goldbergs up 0.2 to 1.7 and Trophy up 0.1 to 1.0.  At 10PM, KILLER WOMEN ran out its string, holding even at 0.7.

CW:  THE ORIGINALS fell 0.2 from last week to 0.8, and SUPERNATURAL slipped 0.1 to 1.0.  (CW also had some college basketball preemptions that could affect final numbers.)

With the exception of the Survivor slot on CBS, all the networks are new on this last night before the Olympics begin.  NBC airs one last pre-Olympics special at 8PM, HOW TO RAISE AN OLYMPIAN.

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."