October 3, 2013



Another false positive?

Daily Comparison 2013 Wed Oct 2 three way

ABC:  SUPER FUN NIGHT started strong last night, holding onto 75% of its MODERN FAMILY lead-in for a 3.2 rating.  However, that’s the same number The Neighbors did in its debut last year–and now it’s fighting for its life on Fridays.  THE MIDDLE dropped 0.3 from last week to 2.2, and BACK IN THE GAME fell 0.4 to 1.8 (0.1 below the first 8:30PM airing for The Neighbors).  Modern Family held at last week’s 4.2, with no Week 2 erosion at all.  NASHVILLE‘s second episode of the season was notably better than its season premiere creatively (less faked pregnancies, more concentration on character), and it slipped just 0.1 from last week to 1.9.

NBC:  IRONSIDE premiered with a lousy 1.4, half a point lower than the debut of Chicago Fire last year.  (The 1.2 it had in its second half-hour suggests it’s going to fall even lower next week, and its older-skewing total viewers number was no prettier at 6.8M.)  With last season’s cliffhanger resolved, SVU fell a big 0.7 from its season premiere to 2.0.  REVOLUTION hit a series low 1.5, down 0.3 from last week.  As a whole, NBC’s line-up was down an awful 32% from last week.

CBS:  A steady night for the veteran line-up.  SURVIVOR rose 0.2 from last week to 2.6, taking first place for the hour.  CRIMINAL MINDS barely dropped from last week’s season premiere, down 0.1 to 2.7.  CSI benefited from the weaker competition at NBC, rising 0.1 to win its hour with 2.1.

FOX:  THE X FACTOR was down a tick to 2.4.

CW:  An ARROW clip-show was at 0.5, and then a pair of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY reruns were at 0.4.

There are still a few stragglers to come (including most of the CW line-up), but tonight is the last big premiere night for the Big 4 networks.  CBS has THE MILLERS in the post BIG BANG THEORY slot, NBC adds WELCOME TO THE FAMILY at 8:30PM and SEAN SAVES THE WORLD at 9PM, ABC airs the season premiere of SCANDAL, and CW starts off its new season with the season premiere of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and the “premiere” (actually an expanded version of last season’s back-door pilot) of THE ORIGINALS.

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."