October 2, 2012


A genuine changing of the guard.

NBC:  REVOLUTION slipped a bit last night (to 3.2), but it commandingly beat up both CBS and ABC, and is looking like a true hit, at least in the short term.  THE VOICE, of course, provided a dominating 4.5 lead-in that didn’t hurt.

CBS:  This was supposed to be the season where CBS cemented its hold on Mondays for seasons to come, but it’s all gone sideways.  The 8-10PM sitcoms were all down from their unimpressive debuts.  PARTNERS, with a 2.1, is officially on the critical list, and although the 3.4 for 2 BROKE GIRLS is certainly a solid number, and the show is still a “hit,” it’s down more than a point from last season’s average, and the word “breakout” no longer applies.  HAWAII 5-0 crept up 0.1 from last week, but it’s also down more than a full ratings point from last season, behind Revolution last night by 1.2.

ABC:  DANCING WITH THE STARS didn’t even come close to bottoming out with last week’s bone-tired premiere:  last night it fell another half-ratings point to a disastrous 2.0.  (Because of its extremely old-skewing viewership, however–more than 75% of its viewers are over 50–its total audience numbers were just below The Voice.)  CASTLE slipped to 1.9.

FOX:  MOB DOCTOR may survive for a few weeks because FOX’s schedule is about to become a mess due to baseball, but with a 1.0, it’s just a matter of time.  BONES was down moderately to a tepid 2.1.

CW:  The IHEARTRADIO special is currently at 0.7, which would be a very good number, but it’s probably inflated by the fact that CW’s Chicago affiliate aired the ESPN football feed.

New episodes galore tonight, including CW’s start to its fall season with the premiere of HART OF DIXIE.  The numbers for BEN & KATE, MINDY PROJECT and VEGAS will be particularly instructive.

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."