November 19, 2011



Something unusual for NBC these days:  good news.
NBC:  A 1.6 rating may not sound like anything to celebrate, but it’s a pretty good number for Friday night (only one show all evening did better last night).  More importantly, it represented a stable hold for GRIMM from last week, and it was good enough to tie CBS for the lead in its hour.  That’s practically enough for a celebration down Lankershim Avenue outside NBC’s offices.  One cautionary note:  Grimm won’t air again for at least 3 weeks, with preemptions on both of the next 2 Fridays.  As FOX can testify, those kinds of breaks can wreak havoc with new shows.  

FOXFRINGE, possibly feeling the weight of Grimm‘s presence in its timeslot, held at its series low 1.1 rating after KITCHEN NIGHTMARES won the 8PM hour.
CBS:  The highest rated show of the night was BLUE BLOODS, locking up the nightly win.  Even the soon-to-disappear A GIFTED MAN was only 0.1 off the lead at 8PM.
ABC:  Third place in every hour, although EXTREME MAKEOVER HOME EDITION was up nicely from last week.
CW:  Both NIKITA and SUPERNATURAL were within the 0.6-0.8 CW window.
Sunday night will be disrupted by the AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS on ABC.  Last year’s awards did a 4.3 in 18-49s, which was down substantially from the 5.5 the show had done the year before.


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."