March 28, 2013


Even without The Voice as an excuse, most networks headed downward.

FOX:  AMERICAN IDOL continued to plunge, down half a ratings point to 3.1, which happens to be just 0.1 ahead of X Factor’s average last fall.

ABC:  Three of the night’s shows returned with their first fresh episodes in a month, and as is increasingly the case, the long hiatus hurt them.  THE MIDDLE fell 0.3 to 1.8, MODERN FAMILY plunged 0.7 to a season low 3.2, and NASHVILLE slipped 0.1 to match its series low 1.5.  Surrounded by new programming instead of reruns, the season finale of THE NEIGHBORS rose a tick to 1.5 (just slightly above its series low), and SUBURGATORY climbed 0.4 to 1.9.

NBC:  Back to back season finale episodes of WHITNEY were at 1.0/1.1, at or slightly above its series low.  SVU and CHICAGO FIRE were each up 0.1, to 1.7/1.8.

CBS:  Only SURVIVOR was new last night, slightly above its series low with 2.4.  Reruns of CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI both registered with 1.3s.

CW:  ARROW hit a series low 0.8, down 0.2 from last week, while SUPERNATURAL held even with 1.0.

It’s a hodgepodge tonight facing Week 2 of the NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT on CBS.  ABC and CW are all new, while NBC is in reruns except for 2 episodes of 1600 PENN, and FOX preempts GLEE for the 1-hour season finale of RAISING HOPE.

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."