March 12, 2014



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  There was a lot of activity on the adjustment front, but all of it of the 0.1 variety:  THE VOICE and AGENTS OF SHIELD up, and ABOUT A BOY, GROWING UP FISHER, MIND GAMES, CHICAGO FIRE and THE ORIGINALS down.  Of these, the ones worth noting are the moves for BOY and FISHER, since they’re still finding their level and are heading in the wrong direction (although each won its slow half-hour), and FIRE, which got no benefit out of airing against a rerun on CBS. 

TUESDAY CABLE:  THE GAME (BET) took a 0.5 dive from last week’s season premiere, down to 1.1.  On the other hand, the season finale of THE HAVES AND HAVE NOTS (OWN) hit a new high 1.1, up 0.2 from last week.  TEEN MOMS (MTV) led the night, steady at 1.3.  TOSH.0 (Comedy) and THE LITTLE COUPLE (TLC) changed places, the first up 0.2 to 1.1 and the other down 0.2 to 0.9.  JUSTIFIED (FX) slipped 0.1 to 0.8, but COUGAR TOWN (TBS) gained 0.1 to 0.7.  On ABCFamily, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and TWISTED stayed at 0.8/0.4.  It was a good night on TNT, as RIZZOLI & ISLES rose 0.2 to 0.9, while PERCEPTION gained 0.1 to 0.5.

With its early renewals, FOX has locked itself in to more nights next fall like last night.

Daily Comp 3way 2014 Tue Mar 11

FOX:  Just awful, as all of the night’s shows tied their series lows.  GLEE fell 0.1 to 0.9, NEW GIRL dropped 0.2 to 1.3, and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE was down 0.1 to 1.2.

ABC:  With weaker competition and a visit from a member of the Thor universe, AGENTS OF SHIELD rose 0.2 from last week’s series low to 2.0.  THE GOLDBERGS was even at 1.5.  TROPHY WIFE, which received an unusual amount of promotion last week for its “wedding” two-parter, rose 0.1 to 0.9.  MIND GAMES, facing a rerun on CBS, climbed 0.3 to to a still-nowhere 0.9.

NBC:  THE VOICE  fell a big 0.7 from last Tuesday (although it was in line with Monday night) to 3.4, tying its season low.  ABOUT A BOY consequently dropped 0.4 to 2.1.  GROWING UP FISHER slipped 0.1 to 1.8.  With a rerun on CBS, CHICAGO FIRE was up 0.1 to 2.0.

CBS:  Reruns, led by NCIS LA at 1.4.

CW:  What turned out to be an event episode of THE ORIGINALS, as a series regular left mid-season, was up 0.1 to 0.9.  (CW was preempted for basketball in Chicago, so that number could change.)  A SUPERNATURAL rerun followed at 0.6.

All the networks except CW feature new episodes tonight.

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."