April 2, 2014



AFTERNOON UPDATE:  There was a little solace for the networks in some of the adjusted numbers.  NBC, CBS and ABC all went up at 8PM, and while NCIS and THE VOICE had 0.1 hikes, AGENTS OF SHIELD climbed 0.2–although that still left it down 0.1 from its previous episode.  (THE ORIGINALS rerun dropped 0.1.)  In the 9PM hour, both ABOUT A BOY and GROWING UP FISHER dipped 0.1.  The CHICAGO FIRE rerun was up 0.1 at 10PM.

TUESDAY CABLE:  INSIDE AMY SCHUMER (Comedy) had a very solid season premiere at 0.85, which was just 0.14 below its TOSH.0 lead-in.  AMY’s premiere was 0.3 under its 1.1 series premiere last year, but TOSH was even farther below its rating that night (1.6), giving AMY a much better retention this time around.  (The demos on AMY are fascinating:  her show only scored 0.3 with Women 18-49, but a huge 1.4 with men of the same age, and the disparity is even stronger in the younger end of the demo:  0.5 with women 18-34, but the highest original rating of the night with men of that age at 2.0.)  The night’s season finales were mixed:  COUGAR TOWN (TBS) made a good case for its return by rising 0.1 to 0.8 (its second consecutive increase), but TWISTED (ABCFamily),  while slightly up from last week, still looked like a lost cause at 0.3.  JUSTIFIED (FX) stayed at 0.6, the low end of its range.  The night’s leaders were again TEEN MOMS (MTV), steady at 1.3, and THE GAME (BET), down 0.1 to 1.2.  THE LITTLE COUPLE (TLC) held at 1.0.

Nothing excited network viewers last night.

Daily Comp 3way 2014 Tue Apr 1

ABC:  AGENTS OF SHIELD stepped up its game with a storyline tied into this week’s hugely-hyped Captain America movie, but it didn’t help, as SHIELD fell 0.3 to tie its series low 1.8.  THE GOLDBERGS was down 0.2 to 1.5 (it started at 9:01PM, so the number may slightly shift this afternoon), and TROPHY WIFE was steady at 1.0.  A RESURRECTION rerun ended the night at 0.7.

FOX:  Both GLEE and THE MINDY PROJECT will be back next season, but to what end?  The first post-Glee Club episode of Glee tied its series low, down 0.2 from last week to 0.9, and then two very good episodes of Mindy were at twin 1.0s after being off the air since January, when the most recent episode had been half a point higher.

NBC:  THE VOICE wasn’t immune from the malaise, either, down 0.4 to 3.0, which hit a new season low and was down an ugly 33% from the same Tuesday last season.  In the context of such a blah night, the 0.1 rise for ABOUT A BOY to 2.1 looked good–but it started at 9:01PM, so that gain may not last into the afternoon.  GROWING UP FISHER was steady at 1.7.  (Notably, Boy and Fisher were higher than last year’s post-Voice sitcoms Go On and The New Normal, even though The Voice itself was at a significantly lower level than last season.)  A CHICAGO FIRE rerun was at 1.0.

CBS:  NCIS fell 0.2 to 2.3, and NCIS LA held last week’s 2.4.  With no new competition at 10PM, PERSON OF INTEREST still lost 0.1 to 1.9.

CW:  Given the slow night, the network may have been well off sticking to reruns, a pair of 0.3s for THE ORIGINALS and THE 100.

The networks will hope for better tonight, with fresh episodes everywhere.


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."