October 16, 2012


You say you want a Revolution.

NBC:  REVOLUTION, coming off its best episode thus far, leaped up 0.4 from last week to 3.4, making it by a substantial margin the biggest 10PM hit on broadcast TV.  Its lead-in from THE VOICE was steady at 4.8, and the Revolution number was even more impressive because it faced atypical competition from FOX in the hour, since baseball ran past that network’s usual 10PM curtain.

CBS:  Slight movements across the board.  HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and PARTNERS were up 0.1 and 0.2 (to 3.2 and 2.1) in preliminary numbers, but there could be some NFL simulcast padding in there.  2 BROKE GIRLS was down a tick to 3.3, MIKE & MOLLY up 0.2 to 3.0, and HAWAII 5-0 up slightly to 2.0.

ABC:  DANCING WITH THE STARS was down 0.1 to 2,1, CASTLE down 0.2 to 2.0.  As usual, both shows were much more impressive in the older-skewing total viewer numbers.

FOX:  $500M per year for baseball is buying FOX a preliminary 1.3, although since San Francisco was one of the teams, that will go somewhat up when final numbers come in–not enough, though, to make the number much prettier.

CW:  90210 was up 0.2 from last week’s season premiere to a passable 0.6, but GOSSIP GIRL stayed dismal at 0.4.

Tonight, like last week, CW will use its status as the only broadcast network not airing the PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE to launch a new show in the 9PM hour, in this case EMILY OWENS MD.  The other networks will only have 1 hour of original programming before the debate starts, with CBS taking the evening off by airing an NCIS LA rerun in the hour.  On cable, USA brings back COVERT AFFAIRS after a 4-week hiatus.


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."