November 1, 2011

The Sked: Ratings Update for Monday October 31

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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It doesn’t look good for Rock Center with Brian Williams on NBC.  In the metered market market overnights (excluding New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Hartford, which are still delayed because of widespread power outages), Rock Center averaged a 5 household share from 10-11 pm, right where Playboy Club and Prime Suspect repeats were.  Castle was #1 at 10 pm with a 15 household share, followed by Hawaii Five-O at an 11 share.  NBC probably wasn’t expecting a demographic rating lift (we’ll have those numbers later this morning), but it certainly hoped that an older-skewing news program would get them out of the 5 share range and provide a more solid lead-in to their late local news. 

Also, the Monday Night Football game on ESPN went into overtime, ending at almost 12:30 am ET.  This means Two and a Half Men was certainly pre-empted in San Diego by CBS station KFMB and possibly Mike & Molly at 9:30 pm PT in favor of local post-game coverage.  So now most or all of the CBS comedy lineup will be overstated in the fast national ratings by at least one tenth of a rating point.  As a reminder, the fast nationals for ABC’s prime time lineup will be inflated by a tenth of a rating point or more because Kansas City affiliate KMBC carried the game in prime time.  The overtime portion in Kansas City would have disrupted ABC’s late night schedule and not had an additional impact on the prime schedule.

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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."