May 22, 2013



Viewers continued to check out early on the season last night.

Daily Comparison 2013 Tue May 21

ABC:  The season finale of DANCING WITH THE STARS was up a big 0.8 from last week to 2.6–but that was also down a big 0.7 from last season’s finale, for the lowest rated finish in the show’s history.  The night started with a THE BACHELOR’S FUNNIEST MOMENTS clip show that did a 1.2.

NBC:  After a 2.0 for an NBC News special about the Oklahoma tornados, THE VOICE aired its lowest-rated Tuesday episode of the spring cycle, a 3.1 that was down 0.4 from last week (its 5th consecutive Tuesday decline, which may not bode well for next fall) and just barely avoided a series low. The GRIMM season finale was steady at its Tuesday-low 1.7.

FOX:  SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE had a 1.9, even with last week.

CBS:  Already in summer reruns, highlighted by 1.4 for a 10PM NCIS.

CW:  0.3 for a pair of reruns.

Tonight marks the official end of the 2012-13 broadcast television season, and as such it features season finales for CRIMINAL MINDS, THE MIDDLE, MODERN FAMILY, NASHVILLE, SVU and CHICAGO FIRE.  FOX counterprograms with a new MASTERCHEF.

Episode Track 2013 Tue May 21

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."