June 5, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  NBC didn’t get the bump from adjusted ratings that it had hoped for, as Game 1 of the NHL STANLEY CUP FINALS rose only to 1.9 in final numbers, leaving it 0.6 below last year’s Game 1.  Elsewhere, most of the ABC line-up gained 0.1, including MOTIVE, and although THE 100 stayed at 0.6, its lead-in ARROW rerun dropped 0.1 indicating more viewers made the effort to turn the network on at 9PM. 

WEDNESDAY CABLE:  The CMT MUSIC AWARDS led cable with 1.1, and a “first look” special afterwards gave CMT an 0.9.  CATFISH (MTV) slipped 0.1 to 0.9.  AMERICAN PICKERS (History) and DUAL SURVIVAL (Discovery) were both at 0.7.  TVLand’s new sitcom JENNIFER FALLS debuted at 0.27, with 890K total viewers on the older-skewing network, virtually identical to its lead-in HOT IN CLEVELAND, which was at 0.24/866K. 

Daily Comp 3way 2014 Wed Jun 04

NBC:  The 1.7 18-49 fast national rating for NBC in prime time, enough to win the night, will probably turn into a 2.0-2.1 official rating for Game 1 of the NY/LA NHL STANLEY CUP FINALS this afternoon when the post-11 pm overtime minutes are factored in and the west coast viewing (from 5:00-8:15 local time) is included. However, that would still be behind the 2.5 rating for last year’s Game 1, a triple overtime contest on Wednesday June 12 between Boston and Chicago, two of the NHL’s Original Eight franchises which have the biggest and most rabid fan bases in the sport despite being in smaller TV markets than this year’s contenders.

FOX:  SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE slipped 0.1 from last week to 1.5.

ABC:  After a quartet of sitcom reruns led by 1.5 for MODERN FAMILY, MOTIVE was up 0.1 to 1.0.

CW:  THE 100, still airing fresh episodes, held even at 0.6, slightly up from the ARROW rerun that preceded it.

CBS:  Reruns, highlighted by 1.1 for CRIMINAL MINDS.

Tonight it’s ABC’s turn, as the network airs Game 1 of the NBA FINALS, featuring a rematch of Miami vs. San Antonio.  Last year’s Game 1 had a 4.9 overnight rating.  The network will start the night, as has become its habit, with a special 30-minute JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE.  Meanwhile, NBC will hope to keep some ratings momentum going for UNDATEABLE, which had a fair start last week.

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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."