February 4, 2012



America wasn’t in the mood for scripted drama.
NBC:  The network replaced the deceased Chuck with the reality show WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? and could only pull a 4th place 1.1 in the hour (admittedly a bit better than Chuck was doing, and probably at a lower price).  GRIMM had a bad week, even though it tied for 2d in its hour–it matched its season low 1.4, down 0.4 from its last original.

FOX:  KITCHEN NIGHTMARES won its hour with a 1.6, but then FRINGE plunged to a 1.1 despite airing one of the season’s best episodes, tying its season low.
CBS: The network tied for the win on the night, but A GIFTED MAN, CSI NY and BLUE BLOODS were all down slightly from their last original episodes.
ABC:  Shared the win, sparked by a 20/20 that tied Blue Bloods for the lead at 10PM.  PRIMETIME, though, was down 0.3 from last week.
CW:  Another pair of tied season lows for NIKITA and SUPERNATURAL

Tonight NBC airs the first-ever edition of a football-themed awards show called THE NFL HONORS.  Tomorrow there’s a football game being played; rumor has it that it may still be renamed the Night Before The Super Smash Premiere Bowl

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."