February 26, 2014



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  No major changes, as THE BACHELOR and the CBS 9-10PM shows each found an extra 0.1 (keep the latter two off their lows), while SUPERNATURAL shed the same amount.

TUESDAY CABLE:  The season finale of BEING MARY JANE (BET) hit a new series high with 1.6 in its 2d hour (up 0.2 from last week), with the first hour of the double-header at 1.3.  TEEN MOMS (MTV) dropped 0.1 to 1.3, and TOSH.0 (Comedy) lost 0.2 to 1.1.  AMISH MAFIA (Discovery) and PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (ABCFamily) were both at 1.0, a 0.1 rise for the latter (TWISTED, however, fell 0.1 to 0.4 after LIARS).  The midseason premiere of RIZZOLI & ISLES (TNT) was down a heavy 0.7 from last June’s premiere–and also down 0.5 from September’s midseason finale–to 0.7 (total viewers weren’t a pretty picture either, down from 6.6M to 3.7M), and PERCEPTION fared no better, down 0.3 to 0.5.  THE HAVES AND HAVE NOTS (OWN) stayed at 0.9.  JUSTIFIED (FX), which took last week off, returned at 0.7, while COUGAR TOWN (TBS) lost 0.1 to 0.6.  GAME OF ARMS (AMC) premiered at 0.5. 

NBC got the sampling it wanted.

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NBC:  The network was clearly dissatisfied with the viewership that the pilots for ABOUT A BOY and GROWING UP FISHER got in their post-Olympics airings over the weekend, so it called an audible and re-aired the pilots last night instead of the scheduled new episodes.  That gave the shows an additional 2.4 and 2.0 sampling, OK numbers if the shows can hold them next week.  They followed the Tuesday spring premiere of THE VOICE, which at 3.7 was down 0.4 from last spring’s Tuesday start (although only 0.2 below the morning overnight rating, which was then adjusted up).  The show hurt by NBC’s last-minute change of plan was CHICAGO FIRE, which returned with its first new episode since before the Olympics and could only match its season low 1.8.  NBC continued to have the late-night of its dreams, as THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON, down 0.4 to 1.7 in the 18-49 demo, was far ahead of Kimmel at 0.6 and Letterman at 0.5, and LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS, down 0.2 to 1.0, was miles above Craig Ferguson’s 0.3.

ABC:  An off-night episode of THE BACHELOR was at 2.4, just 0.1 off from Monday’s regular episode.  But that did nothing for the premiere of MIND GAMES, yet another ABC instant fatality at 1.1.

FOX:  GLEE is already renewed for next season, and the network has to be wondering about that decision after the show returned to Tuesdays with a terrible 1.2 (although that was up 0.1 from its last Thursday airing in 2013).  NEW GIRL and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE were also up a measly 0.1 from last week at 1.4/1.3.

CBS:  With THE VOICE back in town, NCIS fell half a point from its last original episode to a season low 2.6.  That pushed NCIS LA down 0.6 to tie its season low 2.2, and PERSON OF INTEREST down 0.4 to a series low 1.7.

CW:  THE ORIGINALS was down 0.1 at 0.8, and SUPERNATURAL rose 0.1 to 1.1, but a local basketball preemption in Chicago may shift those numbers.

Tonight ABC premieres MIXOLOGY at 9:30PM, and CBS preempts Criminal Minds for a 2-hour cycle premiere of SURVIVOR.  On cable, FX launches Season 2 of THE AMERICANS.


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."