April 27, 2013



Another dim night for most of the networks.

NBC:  Last night marked the season’s final Friday airing of GRIMM before it moves to Tuesdays, and its send-off was unpromising, a 1.3 that was down 0.2 from its last new episode 3 weeks ago.  As could be expected after last week’s breaking news in Boston, ROCK CENTER was down sharply, off an entire ratings point to 0.9.  The night started with FASHION STAR, off 0.1 to 0.8.

CBS:  The steady, reliable winner of the night.  UNDERCOVER BOSS was up 0.1 to 1.6, taking the 8PM hour, VEGAS was up 0.2 to 1.0 (too little too late), and BLUE BLOODS led at 10PM with 1.4, up 0.1.

ABC:  HAPPY ENDINGS had an awful hour with 0.5/0.6 scores, down 0.3/0.1 (although some services had the episodes listed as reruns since they’d been scheduled for last week before the news preemptions, and that didn’t help).  SHARK TANK was the highest rated show of the night with 1.9, but that was still down 0.2.  20/20, like Rock Center, was off on a slower news night, by 0.5 to 1.2.

FOX:  KITCHEN NIGHTMARES was at 1.0, down 0.1 from its last new episode in mid-March, then TOUCH crawled back to the schedule with an 0.6.

CW:  NIKITA, not yet renewed, was steady with 0.3–the same rating as the rerun OH SIT had in the next hour.

Poor SMASH is the only scripted show on network TV tonight, with NASCAR on FOX likely to dominate.  On Sunday, the season finales begin to flow, with THE GOOD WIFE on CBS and VIKINGS on History Channel.



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."