March 5, 2014



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  Some small changes from this morning.  AGENTS OF SHIELD found 0.1, which helped it not at all, while THE GOLDBERGS correspondingly lost 0.1, meaning that it dropped from its last new episode.  Similarly, THE VOICE was up 0.1, but both ABOUT A BOY and GROWING UP FISHER fell 0.1.  The worrisome number for ABOUT A BOY was that it plunged 0.6 between its first 15 minutes and the back half, suggesting it’s due for a drop next week, while the adjusted FISHER rating put last night’s fresh episode below the previous week’s rerun.  NCIS gained 0.1 on CBS. 

TUESDAY CABLE:  THE GAME picked up for BET where BEING MARY JANE had left off with last week’s season finale, leading the night on cable at 1.6.  TEEN MOMS (MTV) held at 1.3, THE LITTLE COUPLE (TLC) was at 1.1, and TOSH.0 (Comedy) dropped 0.2 to 0.9.  JUSTIFIED (FX) perked up by 0.2 to 0.9, and COUGAR TOWN (TBS) stayed at 0.6 (just barely).  LET’S STAY TOGETHER (BET) and THE HAVES AND HAVE NOTS (OWN) were at 0.9.  PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (ABCFamily) dropped 0.2 to 0.8, although that show is aimed at an audience younger than the 18-49 demo.  (No numbers are available for TWISTED.)  RIZZOLI & ISLES (TNT) held at 0.7, but PERCEPTION slipped 0.1 to 0.4.


After last night,  Agents of SHIELD can’t even be called a success.



Daily Comparison 3way 2014 Tue Mar 4

ABC:  The bottom fell out for ABC last night, as AGENTS OF SHIELD returned from its Olympics hiatus at a series low 1.7, down half a point from its last original episode.  After that, THE GOLDBERGS‘ 1.6 didn’t look so bad, especially since it held even with its own last episode despite stronger competition from NBC.  No such luck for TROPHY WIFE, down 0.1 to a series low 0.8.  And the network may have to scrape something up to replace MIND GAMES, which collapsed entirely to 0.6, down half a point from last week’s premiere.

NBC:  THE VOICE benefited from airing against SHIELD instead of last week’s The Bachelor, up 0.3 to 4.0.  The first new episode of ABOUT A BOY to run in its regular timeslot (last week was a rerun of the pilot) was sharp at 2.6, although a mere 0.3 hike from last week’s rerun may indicate trouble ahead.  The first new GROWING UP FISHER was at 2.0, tying last week’s rerun.  CHICAGO FIRE crept up 0.1 from last week’s season low to 1.9.

FOX:  GLEE hasn’t hit bottom, down 0.2 from last week to 1.0, its lowest non-holiday episode ever and one that made Dads look good.  With that lead-in, and stronger NBC competition, NEW GIRL‘s 0.1 rise to 1.5 was comparatively decent, and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE held at 1.3.

CBS:  The monolith that CBS’s Tuesday night has been for years is beginning to tremble.  NCIS hit a season low 2.4, down 0.2, then NCIS LA outdid it by reaching a series low 2.1, also down 0.2, and PERSON OF INTEREST was also at a series low with 1.7, down 0.1.

CW:  THE ORIGINALS was even at 0.8, and SUPERNATURAL slipped 0.1 to 0.9.

All the network shows are new tonight, and ABC will desperately hope for a sign of life from MIXOLOGY in its second episode.

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."