August 22, 2013



The summer’s unscripted Big 3 stayed in command last night.

Daily Comparison 2013 Wed Aug 21 three way

FOX:  MASTERCHEF was the highest rated show of the night with a 2.3, up 0.1 from last week.

CBS:  BIG BROTHER rose 0.2 to 2.2, which was also up a tick from last year’s parallel night.

NBC:  AMERICA’S GOT TALENT held at its season low 2.1, although “season low” probably sounds too dramatic for a number that was only down 0.2 from last year.  CAMP, however, is looking dire, as it tied its own series low 0.9, behind the hour’s CSI rerun despite the AGT lead-in (and since Camp started at 10:01PM, it could possibly slip another tenth in final numbers).

ABC:  THE LOOKOUT took an 0.3 hit, down to a new low 0.7 and below all but one of the reruns (of THE NEIGHBORS) that preceded it.

CW:  Reruns, at 0.4/0.2.

ABC is all new tonight, while ABC and CBS each feature a fresh hour of programming.


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."