April 10, 2013



NBC’s curse continues.

NBC:  The network really thought it had something with the dating show READY FOR LOVE, promoting it like crazy and clearing Tuesdays of Go On, The New Normal and Smash so it could pair 2-hour episodes with THE VOICE.  But last night’s blah result was a 1.6, and as Mitch Metcalf noted earlier this morning, it was even worse than it looked, because Ready started with a 2.1 in its first post-Voice half hour, and plummeted all the way to 1.2 by 10:30PM.  That strongly suggests that its prospects are dismal.  As for The Voice itself, it was down 0.3 for the week to 4.2, which is still almost double the next highest rated show on the network.  (Additional bad news for NBC:  as it had the week before, Monday’s Revolution fell in the final ratings late yesterday to tie its series low 2.2.)

CBS:  An off night for both NCIS shows, which hit (or in the case of NCIS LA tied) season low 2.6s.  For the mothership, that was down a big 0.8 from this season’s 3.4 average.  At 10PM, GOLDEN BOY climbed 0.2 to 1.5, which is still probably too little too late for the show.

ABC:  The night began with a series low 1.2 for SPLASH, and then the DANCING WITH THE STARS results show was down 0.4 for the week to 1.9, just slightly above its season low.  BODY OF PROOF held even at 1.4.

FOX:  HELL’S KITCHEN was off 0.2 to a season low 1.8.  NEW GIRL was steady at 2.2 (and up from last week’s one-time Thursday run), while THE MINDY PROJECT benefited from having a fresh lead-in instead of last week’s rerun and went up 0.2 to 1.5.

CW:  The first new HART OF DIXIE in 5 weeks was even at 0.6, cementing its position as the frontrunner for renewal among CW’s bubble shows.  After that, a rerun AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL had a 0.2.

CBS, ABC and FOX have new episodes tonight, including ABC’s 2d episode of HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS (FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE).  On cable, it’ll be interesting to see what happens to the numbers for THE AMERICANS, which plunged last week after FX botched the program listings and started the show almost 10 minutes late (also cutting off the ending for anyone watching on DVR).



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."