October 17, 2011

THE SKED: Welcome To “Prime Suspect” Week On NBC

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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PRIME SUSPECT had an awful 1.3 rating in 18-49s last week, despite NBC’s having given it a vote of confidence with an order for 6 additional scripts, which would allow for continuous production should the show receive a back order of episodes.  Notwithstanding that ratings setback, the Peacock is going all-in on its commitment to the series:  Vulture reports that Suspect will air no less than 5 times in 6 days from Oct 24-29, with repeats on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday surrounding a new episode on Thursday the 27th.  (However, October 27 marks the start of “November” sweeps, so don’t expect the stunt to be repeated.)

It’s heartening to see the network give a full-court press to a series it believes in.  But adding a Monday repeat last week only led to the rating for Thursday’s new episode slumping further downward, so Maria Bello fans shouldn’t get their hopes up.

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."