July 3, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  As expected, TAXI BROOKLYN dipped from the morning’s numbers by 0.1.  Still, no loss from its series premiere last week is a fairly positive result.  SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE gained 0.1, so it ended up holding even with last week.  The MODERN FAMILY rerun lost 0.1

WEDNESDAY CABLE:  With no World Cup matches on Wednesday, the cable board went to its old reliables.  DUCK DYNASTY (A&E) took the lead, and actually grew by 0.1 to 1.3, slightly reversing its recent downward trajectory.  Its lead-out BIG SMO, however, dropped 0.1 to 0.6.  CATFISH (MTV) held at 0.9, and an UNTOLD STORIES post-show was at 0.7.  DUAL SURVIVAL (Discovery) fell a steep 0.3 to 0.4.  YOUNG AND HUNGRY (ABCFamily) fell to 0.34, and MYSTERY GIRLS to an ugly 0.2.  (In Women 18-34, the 2 shows were at 0.73/0.38, and in teen girls they were at 0.86/0.26.)  WILFRED (FX) found loyalty from its tiny group of fans, as it was dead-even with last week at 0.11. 

Even Big Brother is weakening as the network summer continues.

Daily Comp 3way 2014 Wed Jul 02

CBS:  BIG BROTHER slumped by 0.5 to 1.8 last night compared to last week’s season premiere, but was still the highest-rated show of the evening.  (Last season fell similarly in Week 2.)  The UNDER THE DOME rerun that followed mustered 0.6, slightly behind the CSI rerun at 10PM.

NBC:  TAXI BROOKLYN is currently up 0.1 from last week to 1.1, as is the AMERICA’S GOT TALENT rerun that preceded it (at 1.4)–but Taxi started at 10:01PM, so its number may be shaky.

ABC:  MOTIVE fell by 0.2 to 0.6, behind all of the night’s reruns (which were topped by MODERN FAMILY at 1.0).

FOX:  SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE slipped 0.1 to 1.3.

CW:  Reruns at 0.2/0.2.

NBC dumps 4 half-hours of UNDATEABLE on its schedule tonight (1 rerun, 3 fresh episodes) to end its season in a hurry.  FOX and ABC air all-new line-ups, and CBS has BIG BROTHER.


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."