March 20, 2013


Splash makes a ripple.

ABC:  The debut of SPLASH gave the network a 2.6, beating everyone but CBS in the hour, and marking ABC’s best result in that slot all season.  Of course, next week it’ll be facing The Voice results, so its degree of difficulty is about to climb steeply.  A DANCING WITH THE STARS special was around the results show average at 2.1, and all of this pushed BODY OF PROOF to its season high–which would be better news if its season high were more than a 1.5.

CBS:  The ABC competition pushed NCIS to 3.1, its lowest number in weeks and down 0.3 from its last new episode.  NCIS LA held up better, even at 2.8.  GOLDEN BOY had its highest rating since its debut, up 0.2 to 1.7.

NBC:  It’s always darkest before the dawn, and next week will give NBC its glimmer of sunlight when The Voice returns to the air.  Last night, though, it was pitch-black, as the 8:30PM OFF THEIR ROCKERS had the network’s highest rating of the night with 1.1.  That was slightly up from the 8PM installment.  GO ON made its bubble prospects worse by falling to a new low 1.0 (down 0.1), and THE NEW NORMAL slumped to a new low 0.7 (down 0.3).  SMASH matched its own low 0.8.  The question isn’t whether the NBC line-up was outrated by cable last night, but just how many cable networks beat it.

FOX:  A steady, if unexciting, night.  HELL’S KITCHEN was down a tick to 2.0, NEW GIRL ditto at 2.2, and THE MINDY PROJECT was even at 1.7.

CW:  A special ALBUM RELEASE PARTY WITH JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE didn’t do any better than the network’s regular shows at 0.4, ahead of 0.2 for a BEAUTY AND THE BEAST rerun.

Tonight’s line-ups are mostly new with the exception of ABC’s, which features reruns of everything except THE NEIGHBORS and SUBURGATORY.


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."