February 12, 2014



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  The WINTER OLYMPICS stayed at 6.6 in final numbers.  The only change in last night’s other fresh programming was a 0.1 drop in the 8PM airing of DADS to 1.1.  (A couple of ABC’s reruns also dropped 0.1.)

TUESDAY CABLE:  TEEN MOMS (MTV), BEING MARY JANE (BET) and THE HAVES AND HAVE NOTS (OWN) were again Tuesday’s highest-rated originals on cable, although all were down from last week, TEEN MOMS by 0.2 to 1.3 and the others by 0.1 to 1.2 and 1.0.  A stunted black-and-white episode of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (ABCFamily) held at 0.9, while the midseason premiere of TWISTED was at 0.5–lower than its summer numbers (and below both of the network’s Monday dramas), but with about the same retention of LIARS viewers.  JUSTIFIED (FX) lost 0.1 to 0.8, and COUGAR TOWN (TBS) also fell 0.1, down to 0.6 and dropping more than half its 1.4 lead-in from a BIG BANG THEORY rerun.   

Airing against the Olympics didn’t do anything to help FOX’s struggling comedy line-up.

Daily Comparison 2014 Tue Feb 11 three way

NBC:  See Mitch Metcalf’s Skedball post for details about the WINTER OLYMPICS ratings.  Last night’s preliminary 6.6 was the first time since the Opening Ceremony that Sochi has pushed strongly ahead of the track of the Turin and Vancouver games.

FOX:  The only network to field an all-new line-up against the Olympics may be regretting the move.  DADS, NEW GIRL and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE all hit series lows, as the season’s final 2 episodes of Dads were at 1.2/1.0 (down from 1.5 last week), New Girl fell 0.3 to 1.3, and Brooklyn was down 0.2 to 1.2.  Life isn’t going to get easier for FOX’s sitcoms, since when the Olympics are over, NBC will be using The Voice to launch a pair of new comedies in the 9PM hour.

ABC:  The network threw an episode of the dying KILLER WOMEN on at 10PM, which held at last week’s pathetic 0.7.  Before that, the night was highlighted by the 8PM rerun of THE GOLDBERGS at 1.1.

CBS:  Reruns, sparked by NCIS at 1.3.

CW:  The movie ATTACK THE BLOCK, which wasn’t even successful in theaters, had an 0.2.

FOX continues to be the only network challenging the Olympics, airing a new AMERICAN IDOL tonight.  In addition, ABC will burn off an episode of the expiring SUPER FUN NIGHT.

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."