May 1, 2013



NBC shook things up last night, to mixed effect.

Daily Comparison Tue Apr 30 2013

NBC:  A 2-hour THE VOICE hurt the 9PM competition, but resulted in a 3.7 for itself, the lowest Voice rating in weeks (down 0.4 from last Tuesday).  Putting GRIMM at 10PM gave the network a 2.0, its best rating in that slot since Parenthood ended its season (the number may come down this afternoon, since the episode started at 10:01PM).  That’s significantly higher than Grimm‘s Friday average, although it mostly proves what an effective lead-in The Voice continues to be.

FOX:  A fairly momentous episode of NEW GIRL (although it wasn’t promoted that way) was dinged by having to face The Voice and fell 0.2 from its last new episode 3 weeks ago to 2.0.  (We’ll see this afternoon if the odd starting time of 8:58PM has any effect on final numbers.)  Similarly, THE MINDY PROJECT slipped 0.2 to 1.3.  The night started with a 1.9 for HELL’S KITCHEN, down 0.1.

CBS:  The Voice effect was felt by NCIS LA, which slumped half a ratings point to a series low 2.2. GOLDEN BOY, also facing stronger competition than usual, tied its 1.3 low (down 0.1 for the week). Parent show NCIS, though, did fine, up 0.2 to a 3.0 that (while below season average) was its best in a month.

ABC:  Again, 9PM was hit hard by NBC’s tactic, as DANCING WITH THE STARS fell half a ratings point to an all-time low 1.5.  Preceding that, SPLASH had also hit a series low 0.9 (down 0.2).  At 10PM, the AMANDA KNOX SPEAKS interview special had a 1.7, up a bit from what Body of Proof has been doing in that slot.

CW:  The newly-renewed HART OF DIXIE was back at 0.5 after last week’s season low, and a 0.2 rerun followed it.

Tonight, ABC introduces the final new show of the 2012-13 broadcast season (half its episodes will run after the season is over), the sitcom FAMILY TOOLS.  On cable, FX has the season finale of its superb new series THE AMERICANS.

Episode Track Tue Apr 30 2013

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."