November 3, 2012


Something finally goes right for ABC this fall.

ABC:  This was what the network had in mind when it announced its Friday schedule.  LAST MAN STANDING debuted to a 1.9, above the mid-1 numbers it was doing on higher-viewing Tuesdays.  It also proved to be an effective lead-in to the launch of MALIBU COUNTRY, which had a very impressive 2.2 start, the highest-rated scripted show of the night.  The highest-rated show of the night overall followed, as SHARK TANK hit a series high 2.3.  Even 20/20 solidly won its hour with 1.5.

NBC:  Benefit special HURRICANE SANDY:  COMING TOGETHER had a fine 1.5 at 8PM, especially considering that it aired on several cable networks at the same time.  GRIMM was down a bit to 1.8, but on Friday nights, that kind of number is more than acceptable.  DATELINE, though, ran out of gas to run third at 10PM with 1.1.

CBS:  UNDERCOVER BOSS made its season debut with 1.5, up from what it was doing last spring but considerably behind ABC–CBS may have miscalculated by launching it directly against the ABC premieres.  CSI NY was flat at 1.5, and BLUE BLOODS was down at 1.3 (both dramas, however, overperformed with the older Total Viewer group).

FOX:  The network announced yesterday that the series finale of FRINGE will air on January 18, and FOX is likely to flail about on Fridays at least until then.  KITCHEN NIGHTMARES edged up to only a 1.0, which put it even with Fringe for the night.

CW:  AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL held even at 0.4, while the same number for NIKITA was at least a big improvement over last week’s horrific 0.2.

It’s all college football tonight, as high-ranked teams start to battle it out for BCS bowl standings.  SNL is hosted by Louis C.K., with musical guest Fun.  Sunday night features original line-ups from all the networks.

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."