May 8, 2013



Apart from a few marginal increases, it was another dull night of May sweeps for the networks.

Daily Comparison 2013 Tue May 7

NBC:  A 3.6 rating is obviously nothing for a network to complain about.  But last night’s THE VOICE was nevertheless its lowest rated episode of the Spring cycle so far.  After that, per Mitch Metcalf:  “GRIMM scored a 1.9 rating with adults 18-49 in the fast nationals in its second Tuesday airing, very likely heading to a 1.8 rating in the official nationals.  (Last week in the time period premiere, Grimm declined from a preliminary 2.0 to an official 1.9 rating.)  By half hour last night, Grimm started at a 2.1 from 10:00-10:30 (including at least one minute of The Voice) before falling to a 1.7 from 10:30-11:00.  The latter rating is usually a good indicator of the “core” rating, the eventual rating level at which the show will settle in the hour.”  I’ll add that this level is about half a ratings point higher than Grimm was doing on Fridays, and around the same neighborhood of Parenthood‘s ratings in the fall.

CBS:  NCIS fell 0.2 to 2.9, its lowest rating in a month, and then NCIS LA rose 0.2 from last week’s series low to 2.4.  GOLDEN BOY dipped to a Tuesday low 1.2.

ABC:  DANCING WITH THE STARS was up 0.2 from last week’s low to 1.7, after SPLASH inched up 0.1 to 1.0 from its own low.  BODY OF PROOF was down 0.2 to 1.4 (it’s been at that number for 4 of the past 5 new episodes, so at least it’s consistent).

FOX:  HELL’S KITCHEN was down 0.1 to 1.9, and while that ties a low, the show has been within a narrow 1.9-2.1 range over the past 6 weeks.  Another terrific episode of NEW GIRL was up 0.1 to 2.1, and THE MINDY PROJECT tied its series low 1.3.

CW:  The season finale of HART OF DIXIE was at the same 0.5 as last week, before 0.2 for an AMERICA’S TOP MODEL rerun.

Everything is new on all the networks tonight, and NBC has a special little gift for its competitors:  a special The Voice at 8PM.


Episode Track 2013 Tue May 7


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."