October 30, 2013



An atypical night yielded some unusual results.

Daily Comparison 2013 Tue Oct 29 three way

NBC:  Adding a second hour of THE VOICE inevitably boosted the night for NBC, which took Tuesday by half a rating point, a wider margin than last week.  But that Voice episode was down 0.6 from last week to a season-low 3.5, and THE BIGGEST LOSER started the night with a season low 1.8, down 0.2 from last week.

FOX:  Because it couldn’t know when baseball would air this week, FOX gave its Tuesday to a special installment of THE X FACTOR, but Factor only performed as well as last week’s sitcom average with a 1.5, down half a point from its last episode almost 3 weeks ago.

ABC:  On the one hand, THE GOLDBERGS and TROPHY WIFE didn’t have their usual strong lead-in, as ABC started the night with a rerun of the AGENTS OF SHIELD pilot (which did a 1.2).  On the other, it didn’t face the usual comedy competition on FOX.  The result was a steady 1.7 for Goldbergs, and an 0.2 increase for Trophy to 1.4.  A SHARK TANK rerun closed the night with 1.0.

CBS:  The absence of a new SHIELD didn’t affect NCIS, which held even at 3.0, and NCIS LA barely moved, up 0.1 to 2.6.  But facing The Voice, PERSON OF INTEREST slumped 0.4, all the way down to a series low 1.8.

CW:  None of the big-boy network shenanigans troubled the CW viewership, as both THE ORIGINALS and SUPERNATURAL held at 0.9/1.1.

Tonight’s WORLD SERIES GAME 6 will certainly give FOX a big boost, and ABC’s decision to rest MODERN FAMILY with a rerun may provide an ugly insight into just how many people are watching SUPER FUN NIGHT other than for its lead-in.  NBC is also giving SVU the week off.


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."