October 26, 2011

THE SKED: Tuesday Ratings – Network Scorecard – 10/25/11


Another night of atypical FOX programming as we head to the World Series endgame(s).
ABC:  The real test for the network’s new sitcoms will be next week when Glee returns, but ABC can’t be happy with the preliminary results:  the very expensive, hugely-promoted LAST MAN STANDING is a passable sub-3, while MAN UP! is already (mercifully) in trouble, with a lousy 1.9.  That lead-in did DANCING WITH THE STARS no favor, and even with significantly reduced competition on NBC, BODY OF PROOF couldn’t reach a 2.

FOXX FACTOR may not be a blockbuster, but it’s doing nothing but good for FOX. Filling in on Tuesday for World Series week, it tied its season high and easily won the night for the network.
CBS:  As usual, largely unaffected by the outside world.  The only off note was that despite a big promotional push, UNFORGETTABLE was still at a blah 2.5.  However, that’s good enough to win the hour, and seems to be sufficient for the network, which rewarded the show with a full season back order.
NBCBIGGEST LOSER continues to show no signs of life, and is a 2-hour block of trouble for the network.  The PRIME SUSPECT repeat didn’t do more than a Parenthood repeat would have, but presumably a few viewers watched who hadn’t seen the show before, and that was the goal.
CW:  Out of the game with 2 RINGER repeats.
Tonight’s edge-of-the-seat suspense is whether there will or won’t be a World Series game played due to rain..  Since FOX will air repeats in case of a rain-out, that will obviously make a huge difference to their rating.  The other networks, however, had already largely scheduled repeats for this last pre-Sweeps night (ABC is all new except for a rerun Modern Family), so it won’t matter much in the big picture.

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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."