May 7, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  AGENTS OF SHIELD narrowly averted this morning’s series low with an 0.1 adjustment upward, but while THE VOICE was also up 0.1, that just put it at a slightly higher series low.  The rest of the morning’s awful numbers remained as-is.

TUESDAY CABLE:  TNT led again with NBA PLAYOFF games at 2.0/1.8, while NHL PLAYOFFS on NBC Sports Network were at 0.7/0.6.  THE DEADLIEST CATCH (Discovery) led non-sports programming, but its 1.0 was down 0.3 from last week.  In its 2d week, PLAYING HOUSE (USA) remained at 0.4.  AWKWARD (MTV) stayed at 0.5 and FAKING IT at 0.4, although they’re really aimed at a demo younger than 18-49.  On Comedy Central, TOSH.0 and INSIDE AMY SCHUMER were at 0.9/0.6, down 0.1 for SCHUMER.  On Spike, INK MASTER held at 0.9, and on TLC, 19 KIDS AND COUNTING was up 0.2 to 0.9 and THE LITTLE COUPLE stayed at 0.7.  FARGO (FX) lost 0.1 to 0.5.

For the most part, it was a bad night for network TV.

Daily Comp 3way 2014 Tue May 6

NBC:  For the 2d successive week, THE VOICE hit a series low, this time down 0.3 to 2.4.  That was followed–again for the 2d week in the row–by series lows for ABOUT A BOY (down 0.1 to 1.5) and GROWING UP FISHER (down 0.2 to 1.2).  CHICAGO FIRE was up 0.1 to 1.9.

FOX:  Another series low for GLEE, which fell 0.1 to 0.8.  Season finales had mild upticks, as NEW GIRL rose 0.1 to 1.2, and THE MINDY PROJECT was up 0.2 to 1.3.

ABC:  AGENTS OF SHIELD may be improving in quality, but it’s not paying off in ratings, as the show fell 0.3 to 1.8, tying its series low.  There were new series lows for THE GOLDBERGS (down an ugly 0.4 to 1.3 despite a heavily promoted Star Wars-themed episode) and TROPHY WIFE (down 0.3 to a barely visible 0.7).  CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP held even at 0.9.

CBS:  NCIS was down 0.2 to 2.3, but NCIS LA ticked up 0.1 to 2.2.  PERSON OF INTEREST lost 0.2 to 1.7.

CW:  THE ORIGINALS fell 0.2 to tie its series low 0.6, and SUPERNATURAL dropped 0.2 to 0.8.

CSI has its season finale tonight, amid all-new programming on all the networks.

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."