March 30, 2013



The endings aren’t going to be happy.

ABC:  No one showed up for the last-ditch Friday run of HAPPY ENDINGS, which only managed 0.9/0.7 in its 2 half-hours, probably sealing its fate.  (It’s a sign of where network TV is in general, though, that the 0.9 for its first episode was enough to tie for second place in the timeslot.)  It’s hard to tell whether that lead-in or basketball competition affected the rest of the line-up, but SHARK TANK was down 0.3 to 1.7 (still the highest non-NCAA rating of the night) and 20/20 was down 0.2 to 1.4.

NBC:  A steady night.  FASHION STAR crept up a tenth to 0.8, GRIMM was slightly down at 1.3, and ROCK CENTER was even at 0.8.

FOX:  After 0.7 for a KITCHEN NIGHTMARES rerun, TOUCH reached a CW-level 0.5.

CBS:  Preliminary numbers for NCAA TOURNAMENT basketball have it at 1.9, which doesn’t sound like much but made it the highest rated show of the night.

CW:  NIKITA and CULT were both even at a respective 0.4 and 0.2.

Tonight ABC counters basketball with its umpteenth run of that great old war-horse THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, one of the very few theatrical movies that still finds a network audience.  Easter Sunday brings fresh programming on most of the networks, and PBS tries to attract Downton Abbey fans with the new MR. SELFRIDGE.  But anyone with a working cable box or satellite connection knows that excitement is all on cable, where THE WALKING DEAD concludes its season on AMC, THE BIBLE ends its run on History Channel, and GAME OF THRONES spreads its dragon’s wings on HBO.

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."