April 30, 2014



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  The adjustments were mixed for the networks.  AGENTS OF SHIELD found a nice bump, up 0.2 to 2.1, and THE GOLDBERGS and TROPHY WIFE each went up 0.1.  Afternoon 0.1 hikes kept GLEE and NEW GIRL from their morning series lows.  But THE VOICE stayed at what is now its official series low, and both ABOUT A BOY and GROWING UP FISHER lost 0.1, new series lows for each. 

TUESDAY CABLE:  There was obviously more than ordinary basketball-fan interest in last night’s Clippers game, and TNT’s NBA PLAYOFF coverage was at a whopping 2.2, higher than anything on the broadcast networks except NCIS and THE VOICE.  The other TNT game was at 1.7.  (The NBA Network game trailed at 0.4.)  PLAYING HOUSE didn’t have a promising launch at USA, with 0.4 for its 10PM episode (down from 0.6 for the MODERN FAMILY rerun that preceded it), and slipping to 0.3 at 10:30PM.  At MTV, AWKWARD fell 0.1 to 0.5, and FAKING IT barely rounded up to 0.4, down 0.1 from its premiere.  THE DEADLIEST CATCH (Discovery) dropped 0.2 from its season premiere to 1.3, and a related special at 10PM was at 0.9.  THE GAME (BET) was up 0.2 to 1.2.  At Comedy Central, TOSH.0 and INSIDE AMY SCHUMER were at 0.9/0.7, up 0.1 for SCHUMER.  INK MASTER (Spike) was up slightly to 0.9, and at TLC, both 19 KIDS AND COUNTING and THE LITTLE COUPLE were at 0.7s, down 0.1 for 19 KIDS.  FARGO (FX) held steady at 0.6.

Oddly, two of the lowest-rated Tuesday sitcoms are the only ones officially renewed so far.

Daily Comp 3way 2014 Tue Apr 29

ABC:  AGENTS OF SHIELD aired perhaps its best episode of the season so far (even if the big special effects sequence looked like an outtake from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and held at 1.9.  THE GOLDBERGS was up 0.2 to 1.6, and TROPHY WIFE up 0.1 to 0.9.  (That gulf between Goldbergs and Trophy won’t help Trophy‘s bubble chances.)  CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP fell 0.1 to 0.8.

NBC:  THE VOICE slipped 0.1 to a new series low 2.7 (although the show often gains a tenth in afternoon numbers, so that mark may not last long).  ABOUT A BOY (1.7, down 0.2) and GROWING UP FISHER (1.4, down 0.1) were at series lows–and About a Boy, which started at 9:01PM, could go down further this afternoon.  The first part of a CHICAGO FIRE crossover with Chicago PD edged up 0.1 to 1.8.

FOX:  GLEE hit yet another series low, down 0.1 to 0.8.  Also at a series low:  NEW GIRL, down 0.2 to 1.0.  THE MINDY PROJECT managed an 0.1 climb to 1.1.

CBS:  NCIS was up a solid 0.3 from its last new episode to 2.5, while NCIS LA was steady at 2.1.  PERSON OF INTEREST grew 0.1 to 1.9.

CW:  THE ORIGINALS rebounded from last week’s series low, up 0.2 to 0.8.  A planted pilot episode of SUPERNATURAL was up 0.1 to 1.0.

Tonight’s primetime features another planted pilot, this time airing as an episode of CSI (Patricia Arquette stars as the head of a federal cyber crime unit), as well as the conclusion of the Dick Wolf CHICAGO crossover.  All the networks are all-new.


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."