October 9, 2013



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  In adjusted numbers, all the 8PM shows (except DADS) went up 0.1, still leaving AGENTS OF SHIELD and NCIS down a respective 0.4 and 0.7 for the night.  THE GOLDBERGS went down 0.1, putting it 0.2 behind NEW GIRL in the 9PM battle of the sitcoms.  At 10PM, CHICAGO FIRE declined 0.1, putting it just barely ahead of PERSON OF INTEREST.  

With The Voice airing a clip show, Tuesday became much more competitive last night.

NBC:  THE VOICE was down 1.6  from last Tuesday to 2.9, which was about even with last year’s post-blind audition clip show.  Perhaps providing a preview of next week, when The Biggest Loser has its season debut, that tightened the 8PM hour considerably, with NBC, CBS and ABC just 0.2 apart.  The much lower lead-in caused CHICAGO FIRE to drop 0.4 to 2.2, and while it still beat CBS in the 10PM hour, it was just by a 0.2 margin.

ABC:  Has AGENTS OF SHIELD finished dropping?  Even against much weaker competition on NBC, the not-so-superhero show fell another 0.5 to 2.8, now more than 40% off its debut just 2 weeks ago.  It’s still a “success,” but any further drop will put even that in jeopardy. (Last week, Shield rose 0.2 in final numbers, so perhaps this afternoon will be kinder to the franchise.)  THE GOLDBERGS slipped another 0.2 to 2.0, losing to New Girl for the first time.  TROPHY WIFE held at 1.4, for what that’s worth.  A SCANDAL rerun in what had been the Lucky 7 slot managed a 1.0, considerably better than Luckys 0.7 last week.

CBS:  With its season premiere cliffhanger resolved, NCIS tumbled a big 0.8 from last week to 2.7, in third place for the hour despite the lower numbers on NBC and ABC.  NCIS LA was down 0.1 to 2.6, and PERSON OF INTEREST was also down 0.1 to a new low 2.0.

FOX:  At least for a week, the network’s sitcoms seemed to have reached their levels.  DADS was even at 1.3, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE was up 0.1 to 1.5, NEW GIRL rose 0.2 to 2.1, and THE MINDY PROJECT slipped 0.1 to 1.4.  The question now is how long FOX can live with those non-New Girl numbers.

CW:  By CW standards, THE ORIGINALS had a promising timeslot start with 0.9.  The season premiere of SUPERNATURAL was robust at 1.2, way up from last year’s 0.8 premiere.

CW continues rolling out its line-up tonight with the season premiere of ARROW and the series premiere of THE TOMORROW PEOPLE.  Other numbers to watch will be the second episodes for SUPER FUN NIGHT and IRONSIDE.  On cable, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN makes what’s sure to be its wild debut on FX.

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."