October 17, 2013



The night’s new shows still aren’t catching on.

Daily Comparison 2013 Wed Oct 16 three way v2

ABC:  BACK TO THE GAME was given a particularly strong lead-in with a TOY STORY OF TERROR special that had a 3.0, up 0.8 from last week’s The Middle.  Still, it could only hold even at 1.8.  A very good episode of MODERN FAMILY was up 0.1 to 4.0, but SUPER FUN NIGHT continued falling, down 0.4 to 2.1 (and it started at 9:31PM, so that number could go down another tick).  NASHVILLE was up slightly to 1.7.

NBC:  REVOLUTION kept falling, down another 0.1 to a new low 1.4.  NBC tried to squeeze all possible juice from Richard Belzer’s departure from SVU, letting the episode run 62 minutes, but Munch could only bring the show up 0.1 to 1.7.  However, its second half climbed to 1.9, which is much higher than IRONSIDE‘s 1.1, so even though that show is currently even with last week, the 10:02PM start time means there’s a strong chance it will fall to a new low in final numbers this afternoon.

CBS:  Even with playoff baseball on FOX, which would seem likely to overlap with the older CBS audience, the network’s shows were very stable.  SURVIVOR was steady at 2.5, and both CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI were up 0.1, to 2.7 and 2.0 respectively.

FOX:  For its part, the MLB AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS did nicely at 2.4, way up from last year’s rain-delayed game and ahead of the 2.2 from last week’s The X Factor.

CW:  ARROW rose 0.2 to 1.1.  The second episode of THE TOMORROW PEOPLE held pretty well, down just 0.1 to 0.8.

If REIGN premieres well tonight, there’s a possibility that CW’s line-up could beat a slate of all-new shows on NBC, which would be another ignominious moment for the network.  ABC will be hoping that ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND doesn’t drop from its weak start last week.



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."