September 26, 2013



After the excitement of the past two days, with the arrivals of The Blacklist and Agents of SHIELD, last night’s numbers were on the dull side.

Daily Comparison 2013 Wed Sep 25 three way

ABC:  Even though ABC won the night, there was no good news in the line-up.  THE MIDDLE began its season at 2.4, down 0.5 from last fall.  The 2.2 debut for BACK IN THE GAME was unimpressive, although given that lead-in, much more couldn’t have been expected.  MODERN FAMILY easily won the 9PM hour, but its 4.1 was down a scary 1.4 from last season’s start.  NASHVILLE tuned up with 2.1, in line with its season finale, but 0.7 lower than last year’s debut.

NBC:  The 1.8 for REVOLUTION with its new day and time matched its series low, but falls under “coulda been worse.”  It has 2 weeks until it airs against a fresh episode of Arrow, and that will be its key night.  Fans showed up to find out what happened to Olivia Benson after she was abducted in the season finale of SVU, and the result was a very healthy 2.7 for the 2-hour season premiere, up 0.6 from last year and just barely below CBS in the 9PM hour.

CBS:  SURVIVOR fell 0.3 from last week to a new low 2.3, although that was just 0.2 off the pace for the hour.  CRIMINAL MINDS started its season at 2.8, down 0.3 from last year, and CSI‘s 2.1 was down 0.4 from last season’s debut.

FOX:  Instead of falling when the other networks arrived for the new season, THE X FACTOR actually rose, up 0.3 from last week to 2.5.

CW:  An ARROW rerun at 0.3 led into the finale of CAPTURE at 0.2.

Tonight brings one of the most intriguing match-ups of the season, as THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW goes head-to-head with Robin Williams’s vehicle THE CRAZY ONES at 9PM–and it’s one that isn’t scheduled to be repeated, as Fox moves next week to its regular timeslot at 9:30PM.  The rest of the night is season premieres (both CBS and NBC pushed the debuts of their other new sitcoms to next week), with GLEE on FOX, GREY’S ANATOMY (after a rerun of the Agents of SHIELD pilot) on ABC, PARKS & RECREATION and PARENTHOOD on NBC and THE BIG BANG THEORY and ELEMENTARY on CBS.

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."