November 28, 2012


A generally good week for network television rolls on.

ABC:  The DANCING WITH THE STARS cycle finale was way up at 3.0 from where the show had been all fall (last week was a 2.0), but that was still more than a ratings point down from last fall’s 4.1 finale, and even down from the spring’s depressed 3.2 finale.  In the 8PM hour, reruns of the original HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS and SHREK THE HALLS were at 2.4/2.5.

NBC:  THE VOICE had a 3.8, up 0.4 from last week but still the 2nd lowest original Tuesday episode of the season.  Despite much stronger competition than usual from 9-11PM from ABC, GO ON, at 2.5, had its best number in more than a month, ahead of FOX’s New Girl, although those numbers tend to get closer when final ratings are in.  THE NEW NORMAL was up 0.2 to 1.7, ahead of Mindy ProjectPARENTHOOD inched up to a 1.8.

FOX:  All the network’s sitcoms were up:  RAISING HOPE and MINDY PROJECT by 0.2 (to 1.7 and 1.5), and BEN & KATE and NEW GIRL by 0.3 (to 1.4 and 2.3).

CBS:  The network most likely to have been affected by ABC’s atypical line-up, since Dancing tends to hit The Eye’s older-skewing viewership.  Thus NCIS, which wasn’t against Dancing this week, was up a big 0.5 to 3.5, but NCIS LA was up only 0.1 to 2.8, and VEGAS, which faced the actual unveiling of the winner, was one of the few shows of the night down from last week, tying its series low 1.6.

CW:  HART OF DIXIE was flat at 0.5, but EMILY OWENS MD retreated from last week’s mild sign of life, back down to 0.3.

Tonight, NBC devotes its night to holiday programming, with CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER followed by a SNL CHRISTMAS special.  The rest of the networks air new episodes of their regular line-ups, except for ABC starting the night with the 9 trillionth run of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS.

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."