October 5, 2011

THE SKED: Tuesday Ratings – Network Scorecard – 10/4/11


The excitement of Premiere Week is over, and shows are settling into their “real” numbers.
FOX: The small decline for NEW GIRL (which had another charming episode last night–the show has found its creative groove with remarkable speed) isn’t serious.  What may concern FOX, though, is that they promoted last night’s extremely earnest episode of GLEE like crazy–it was practically A Very Special Episode–and the number ticked down instead of up.  Glee is now on hiatus until November 1 because of baseball, and unless the network has some big “event” episode set for the show’s return, they have to be a little worried about what that rating will be in 4 weeks.

CBS:  Even though the decline for UNFORGETTABLE was very slight, and consistent with the small drops for the NCIS shows, the fact is that the new series is losing audience rather than building one.  If that number keeps creeping down over the next few weeks (especially if Body of Proof creeps up), that could be a problem.
ABC:  Although the BODY OF PROOF number will probably come down a bit when final numbers are in (due to DANCING WITH THE STARS overrun), it’s heartening that the show is moving up, even as Dancing is heading in the other direction.
NBCBIGGEST LOSER is starting to earn its title, and the sad part is that it’s dragging down PARENTHOOD with it.  NBC is essentially out of the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday business this fall, which is scary..
CW:   Although it was doubtless hurt by its lousy 90210 lead-in, RINGER has felt more unconvincing and dramatically weak with each episode, and that can’t be helping its numbers.
Tonight we’ll find out how SUBURGATORY holds up on its second airing.  Look for a Pilot + 1 Review later, and also for a review of Ryan Murphy’s new FX spectacle, AN AMERICAN HORROR STORY.

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."