July 10, 2014



NETWORK UPDATE:  EXTANT slipped another 0.1 in final numbers to 1.6–a decidedly non-“event” result.  On ABC, MOTIVE gained 0.1 (as did the night’s MODERN FAMILY rerun), but TAXI BROOKLYN lost 0.1 for NBC. 

WEDNESDAY CABLE:  THE BRIDGE returned with an 0.5 rating, just about where the show had settled after its initial burst last summer.  The biggest number of the day was for ESPN’s World Cup Argentina vs. Netherlands semifinal match, which scored a 2.0, as further detailed in today’s WORLD CUP SKEDBALL post.  On USA, SUITS and GRACELAND were at 0.7/0.5 after taking last week off.  On ABCFamily, YOUNG AND HUNGRY was up slightly to 0.39, while MYSTERY GIRLS also inched up to 0.25.  (In Women 18-34, the shows were at 0.84/0.42, and in teen girls they were at 1.18/0.53.)  On TV Land, HOT IN CLEVELAND was at 0.2, and JENNIFER FALLS at 0.17.  CATFISH (MTV) rose 0.1 to 1.0.  The A&E reality shows were also both up 0.1, DUCK DYNASTY to 1.4, and BIG SMO to 0.7.  

Extant had a solid, if decidedly unspectacular, start.

Daily Comp 3way 2014 Wed Jul 09

CBS:  EXTANT held onto most of its 1.9 BIG BROTHER lead-in (up 0.1 from last week) for a 1.7 rating.  That’s a fine number for a summer series, and if Extant  holds there CBS will be content–but it’s nowhere near the 3.3 that Under the Dome had in its premiere last summer, or even this season’s 2.1 season premiere.  The Extant rating stayed firm throughout the hour, which is a good sign for the future, but on the other hand it faced a rerun America’s Got Talent on NBC, so eventually the competition will get tougher.  Notably, the Criminal Minds rerun that followed at 10PM was very strong at 1.2, half a point higher than last week’s CSI rerun in that slot.

FOX:  SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE dropped 0.2 to 1.2.

NBC:  That AMERICA’S GOT TALENT rerun was at 1.5 (0.1 higher than last week’s rerun), and then TAXI BROOKLYN remained at 1.0.

ABC:  MOTIVE was steady at 0.8, after reruns topped by MODERN FAMILY at 1.3.

CW:  An IHEARTRADIO POOL PARTY special was at 0.3.

Tonight’s events are at NBC, which premieres the new sitcoms WELCOME TO SWEDEN and WORKING THE ENGELS.  The other networks have their usual summer Thursdays, and CBS will rerun the Extant pilot at 10PM.

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."