May 8, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  The changes were all minor in the afternoon’s adjustments, although in some cases enough to get shows (barely) off their series/season lows.  On ABC, THE MIDDLE, SUBURGATORY and MODERN FAMILY were all up 0.1 (but not MIXOLOGY or NASHVILLE).  AMERICAN IDOL, ARROW, and SVU also went up 0.1.

WEDNESDAY CABLE:  TNT’s NBA PLAYOFF games were again on top, with 2.6 (for Clippers/Thunder) and 1.5.  An NHL PLAYOFF game on NBC Sports Network was at 0.5.  VH1 had a strong night, with 1.3 for LOVE & HIP-HOP ATLANTA (plus 0.7 for an 11PM replay), and 0.7s for MARRYING THE GAME and HOLLYWOOD EXES.  CATFISH (MTV) was at 1.1, and an AFTER SHOW was at 0.6.  On History, AMERICAN PICKERS and DOWN EAST DICKERING were at 0.8/0.6, up 0.1 for each.  THE AMERICANS (FX) fell by another 0.1 to 0.3.

Only CBS was still standing after a dreadful night for the networks.

Daily Comp 3way 2014 Wed May 7

FOX:  AMERICAN IDOL was officially renewed for next season yesterday, and the public responded by giving the show its all-time Wednesday low, down 0.2 to 1.7.

NBC:  REVOLUTION, still hoping to be renewed, fell 0.2 to a new series low 1.1.  The just-renewed SVU dropped 0.4 to tie its series low at 1.4.  CHICAGO PD, not to be left out, tumbled 0.5 from last week to tie its own series low 1.4.

ABC:  The 8PM hour was particularly ugly, as THE MIDDLE fell 0.3 to a new series low 1.5, and SUBURGATORY, also thought to be teetering on the bubble, dropped 0.3 to a new series low 1.2. MODERN FAMILY (2.8), MIXOLOGY (1.3) and NASHVILLE (1.2) held even with last week, but that wasn’t good news, since it was the season low for Family, a series low for Nashville, and Mixology has only gone lower without a new Famiiy as lead-in.

CW:  ARROW lost 0.1 to tie its series low 0.7, and THE 100 was steady at 0.6.

CBS:  Finally some OK numbers.  SURVIVOR held last week’s 2.4, CRIMINAL MINDS climbed 0.1 to 2.3 (although last week’s number was its series low, so no celebration was warranted), and the 14th season finale of CSI was up 0.2 to 1.9.

The networks are virtually all new tonight, with NBC filling its evening with the AMERICAN COMEDY AWARDS.  On cable, MARON and COMEDY BANG BANG have their season premieres on IFC.

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."