October 30, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Amidst the far more serious damage caused by last night’s East Coast storms, network TV schedules were also largely wrecked.

NBC:  Fearless of bad karma, NBC aired a new episode of its blackout drama REVOLUTION last night even as millions of Americans lost their electricity, and scored a 3.1, down about 10% from its last new episode.  Prior to that, THE VOICE had an enormous 5.0, which if it holds up in final numbers will be a new season high.

ABC:  The only other network to air original programming on Monday also benefited from the lack of competition.  DANCING WITH THE STARS has a preliminary 2.7, up half a ratings point from the prior week, and CASTLE‘s 2.7 was up a huge 0.7.

CBS:  The network opted to air reruns in first two hours of the evening.  Preliminary numbers have them at 1.8-2.5, but the San Francisco affiliate was airing a simulcast of the ESPN NFL feed so, particularly early in the evening, those figures may be inflated.  A storm news special at 10PM had a 2.1, not dissimilar from what HAWAII 5-0 has been doing in that slot.

FOX:  Because the World Series ended on Sunday, FOX was already scheduled to air a rerun X FACTOR on Monday, and only managed a 1.0.

CW:  Due to the storm, the network aired reruns of 90210 and GOSSIP GIRL, with an 0.4/0.3 that weren’t all that different from the ratings those series have been getting with original episodes.

Barring storm-related preemptions, everything is new tonight.  Greedy NBC is expanding The Voice to 2 hours for the evening, with GO ON and THE NEW NORMAL airing in the 10PM hour.

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."