April 7, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Salem
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FRINGE needs another timeline.
FOX: FRINGE fell back to a 1.0, which looks even worse because Grimm was up this week, making last week’s tie a dim memory. Still, these aren’t very different from the numbers that got the show renewed last season, so it’s not dead yet. THE FINDER, on the other hand, even though it’s 1.1 was marginally higher than Fringe, is almost certainly done for, since as a new show there’s little upside to keeping it around.

NBC: GRIMM‘s 1.3 was only good enough for 3rd place in its hour, but it was up from last week and the network’s highest rated show of the night. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE was on the low end with a 0.8, and DATELINE‘s 1.1 put it in last place at 10PM.
CBS: The network won every hour, led by UNDERCOVER BOSS and its 1.8.
ABC: A SHARK TANK repeat, at 1.3, outscored new programming on NBC and FOX. PRIMETIME tied for the lead (with CSI NY) at 9PM, and 20/20, while down from last week’s lotto-boosted episode, won the newsmagazine battle with Dateline to cap the evening.
CW: Repeats of NIKITA and SUPERNATURAL drew twin 0.3s.
Tonight’s event is THE TEN COMMANDMENTS on ABC, in all its 4+ hour glory. The rest is reruns, except for a few cheap reality shows. Tomorrow will feature mostly reruns on the broadcast networks, but Showtime debuts its new seasons of NURSE JACKIE, THE BIG C and THE BORGIAS.
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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."