November 28, 2012



AMC:  With one week to go until its fall finale, THE WALKING DEAD was of course at the top of the night, with a combined 7.0 (up 0.3 from last week) for its two primetime airings.  As has become traditional, this was only behind the week’s network football games (Sunday and Thanksgiving night) as the highest-rated show of the week in 18-49s.  TALKING DEAD and COMIC BOOK MEN were both up 0.1 for the week, to 1.1 and 0.6 respectively.

SHOWTIME:  DEXTER bid a major season character a surprisingly bittersweet (and seemingly premature) farewell this week in another solid episode, down slightly from last week to 1.0.  HOMELAND has now reached the gratifying point where there’s so much lying and betrayal going on that it’s impossible to tell what’s actually happening or how it’s going to play out.  It, too, was slightly down to 0.8, although it was up 150,000 in older-skewing total viewers for the week.

HBO:  BOARDWALK EMPIRE has exemplified the art of the dramatic slow boil this season, having carefully mounted its multiple storylines so that the past 2 episodes have exploded, with Sunday’s season finale still to come.  It held even at 0.8.  TREME, however, did nothing to persuade HBO to extend its final season beyond an abbreviated 5 episodes (and we should be grateful for that), as its season finale was even lower than usual, just barely over a 0.1 in 18-49s (it held fairly steady with total viewers at just under half a million).

LIFETIME:  LIZ & DICK, as had been previously reported, was no ratings event.  It had a 1.0 rating in 18-49s, and although it did better with total viewers, drawing 3.5 million, that was just slightly more than the 10PM rerun  (forget about the 9PM initial showing, which had more than triple the audience) of The Walking Dead.

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."