June 26, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  MOTIVE crept up 0.1 to 0.8.

WEDNESDAY CABLE:  The fall of DUCK DYNASTY (A&E) hasn’t reached bottom, as the show crumbled another 0.3 to 1.2, below FAMILY GUY and BIG BANG THEORY reruns.  Its companion show BIG SMO fell 0.1 to 0.7.  CATFISH (MTV) dropped 0.1 to 0.9.  On USA, SUITS and GRACELAND were steady at 0.8/0.5.  DUAL SURVIVAL (Discovery) had just enough extra hundredths to round up to 0.7.  The final season of WILFRED (FXX) kept it squarely as a cult show (and not a cult “hit,” either), with 0.12/0.11 for its 2 half-hours.  As detailed in today’s WORLD CUP SKEDBALL, ESPN’s doubleheader of Ecuador vs France and Argentina vs. Nigeria (0.9/0.8) were far above ESPN2’s duo of Iran vs. Bosnia and Switzerland vs. Honduras (0.12/0.15).  Another sports event with some punch was ESPN’s coverage of the COLLEGE WORLD SERIES at 0.7.

A reliable summer hit returned last night.

Daily Comp 3way 2014 Wed Jun 25

CBS:  The BIG BROTHER season premiere was by far the highest rated show of the night at 2.3, which was up 0.1 from last summer’s premiere.  That boosted the CRIMINAL MINDS rerun that followed to 1.3, up 0.3 from last week’s rerun.

NBC:  The second AMERICA’S GOT TALENT rerun in as many nights (and third telecast in 4 nights) finally found viewers exhausted with the show and was at 1.3, down 0.6 from Tuesday’s rerun.  That didn’t give much of a lead-in to the premiere of TAXI BROOKLYN, which for its part showed little promise at 1.0, although that was enough to win the hour.

FOX:  SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE fell 0.3 to 1.4 in the face of the new competition from CBS.

ABC:  The network’s lowest-rated show of the night was its only original, MOTIVE, which fell 0.3 to a new low 0.7.  The highest rating came from a MODERN FAMILY rerun at 1.2.

CW:  Reruns at 0.2/0.2.

Tonight, NY MED makes its season debut on ABC, and the BIG BROTHER Thursday installment premieres.

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."