December 12, 2013



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  No meaningful changes from this morning’s numbers, as  THE MIDDLE gained 0.1 for a still unimpressive 2.0.  ARROW got no afternoon bump.

WEDNESDAY CABLE:  The DUCK DYNASTY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (A&E) was huge, scoring a 3.5 rating in 18-49s, and the network’s DYNASTY episode at 9PM was also hot at 1.7.  DYNASTY was so strong that even at 11PM, RODEO GIRLS had a 1.0 rating.  At the other networks, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN (FX) dropped 0.1 to 2.1, and SOUTH PARK (COMEDY) fell 0.2 to 1.3.   KEY & PEELE (COMEDY) held at 0.9, and ROBOT CHICKEN (Adult Swim), at the same number, was up 0.2.


The Sing-Off found out what life is like without a lead-in from The Voice.

Daily Comparison 2013 Wed Dec 11 three way

NBC:  THE SING-OFF tumbled 0.6 from Monday’s premiere to 1.8–although that was still enough to stomp on its X-Factor competition.  At 10PM, KELLY CLARKSON’S CAUTIONARY CHRISTMAS TALE managed a 1.4, not so bad for that timeslot on NBC this season.

ABC:  The most important number for the network was that MODERN FAMILY rebounded from last week, up 0.3 to 3.5.  The rest of the night was less pleasant.  THE MIDDLE held at its season low 1.9, BACK IN THE GAME was up 0.1 from last week’s series low to 1.5, SUPER FUN NIGHT rose 0.2 from last week’s series low to 1.8, and NASHVILLE, facing head-to-head country music competition, tied its series low 1.4, down 0.2 from last week.

CBS:  SURVIVOR slipped 0.1 to 2.5, CRIMINAL MINDS was steady at 2.4, and CSI, which probably also had an overlap audience with Kelly Clarkson fans, dropped 0.2 to 1.8.

FOX:  THE X-FACTOR held at 1.4.

CW:  The fall finale of ARROW was down 0.1 from last week to 1.1, although it could get a bump in final numbers.  THE TOMORROW PEOPLE probably sealed its fate away from its cushy lead-in by dropping 0.1 to 0.5.

Tonight’s line-up features a cornucopia of fall finales, from GREY’S ANATOMY and SCANDAL on ABC to THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and REIGN on CW.  In fact, the only rerun airing is GLEE.


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."