March 16, 2013


A good night for Tom Selleck fans, and not much more.

CBS:  BLUE BLOODS was the highest rated show of the night, up 0.3 to 1.7.  However, it’s not clear at this point how much local preemptions for basketball championships affected Friday’s numbers.  Earlier in the evening, reruns of UNDERCOVER BOSS and HAWAII 5-0 were at 1.3/1.1.

NBC:  GRIMM slipped 0.1 to 1.4, even with reruns on CBS and ABC.  FASHION STAR and ROCK CENTER were nowhere with 0.8 and 0.7, respectively even and down 0.2.

ABC:  All the new programming was hit (although again, it’s not clear if preemptions figured into this):  LAST MAN STANDING down 0.2 to 1.3, MALIBU COUNTRY down 0.3 to 1.0, and 20/20 down 0.2 to 1.4.  A SHARK TANK rerun had a 1.6.

FOX:  Both KITCHEN NIGHTMARES and TOUCH were down 0.1, to 1.1 and 0.6 respectively.

CW:  A relatively good night if the numbers hold up, with NIKITA up 0.2 to 0.5, and even CULT up 0.1 to 0.3.

Tonight is a wasteland, with only some unscripted shows offering new programming.  Tomorrow, on the other hand, all the networks are new, and HBO has the season finale of GIRLS, sure to be particularly fascinating after last week’s controversial episode.

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."