June 8, 2012



It has to be demoralizing for programmers to watch 3 networks’ worth of original summer programming get soundly beaten by a sitcom rerun.

NBC:  The new mystical/medical soap SAVING HOPE flatlined with a 0.7.  Believers in glasses half-full can note that this did tie the network’s high number on the night, with ROCK CENTER.

FOX:  The premiere of THE CHOICE didn’t set Nielsen boxes on fire with a 1.8, but that was at least enough to win its hour.  Preceding that, TAKE ME OUT debuted with a 1.3.

ABC:  DUETS fell again, to an increasingly terrible 1.2 over 2 hours.  The series seems to be more of a variety show than a competition, considering that it took 6 hours to get to the first elimination, and apparently that’s not working for viewers.  The lowered lead-in didn’t help ROOKIE BLUE, which fell a bit to 1.3.

CBS:  THE BIG BANG THEORY had by far the highest number of the night with 2.1, and reruns of 2 BROKE GIRLS and THE MENTALIST won their slots as well, with PERSON OF INTEREST a close 2d place to FOX at 9PM.

CW:  The second episode of BREAKING POINTE joined a VAMPIRE DIARIES repeat at near invisibility with 0.2.

Tonight is a festival of reruns everywhere, except for a new DATELINE on NBC.  Since it’s also the first night in a while without any basketball or hockey playoffs, it may be a good evening to see Prometheus or catch up with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.



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."