May 29, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  The only changes were in reruns:  NCIS rose 0.1 and both CW shows lost 0.1.

TUESDAY CABLE:  TNT’s NBA PLAYOFFS game was in charge at 2.6.  The NHL PLAYOFFS on NBC Sports Network WERE AT 0.6.  THE DEADLIEST CATCH (Discovery) held at 1.1, and ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE followed with 0.8.  The season premiere of THE HAVES AND HAVE NOTS (OWN) was at 1.0.  19 KIDS AND COUNTING (TLC) climbed 0.2 to 1.0, while THE LITTLE COUPLE stayed at 0.7.  The second night of THE WORLD WARS (History) slipped to 0.8.  On Comedy Central, TOSH.0 rose 0.1 to 0.8, and INSIDE AMY SCHUMER was up 0.2 to 0.6.  FARGO (FX) and PLAYING HOUSE (USA) were both at 0.5, which was down 0.1 for FARGO and up 0.1 for HOUSE.  On MTV, AWKWARD and FAKING IT were at 0.6/0.4, although they were only about 0.12 apart without rounding.

There was at least one veteran summer show that viewers were anxious to see again.

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NBC:  AMERICA’S GOT TALENT returned with a 3.0 rating, just 0.1 below last year’s premiere–and that aired after the season finale of The Voice.  Technically, it’s the show’s lowest-rated season premiere, but NBC will be very happy to have those numbers.  The same is true for THE NIGHT SHIFT, which is currently at 1.6 (it started at 10:01PM, so that may drop in final numbers), a fine start for summer network television.

ABC:  EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS was at 1.3, up 0.1 from last season’s premiere.  That lifted CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP 0.3 to 1.2.

FOX:  Sheer ugliness, as RIOT was at 0.6 (which, it should be noted, was actually up 0.1 from its last airing), and I WANNA MARRY HARRY, airing without an American Idol lead-in, dropped 0.3 to 0.4.

CBS:  Reruns, highlighted by 1.2 for NCIS.

CW:  Reruns at 0.3-0.4.

FOX brings back SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE for another summer tonight, and NBC airs back-to-back specials:  the WORLD MUSIC AWARDS followed by NBC News’s first US TV interview with Edward Snowden.

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."