October 9, 2012


No one welcomes back Gossip Girl.

NBC:  Although REVOLUTION slipped slightly to 3.1, at this point it’s fair to call the show a substantial hit, the first scripted one NBC has had since… well, since The Office.  Undoubtedly, of course, it’s been greatly helped by its THE VOICE lead-in, also up slightly last night to a huge 4.7.

CBS:  Objects (in this case, ratings) may be lower than they appear, due to NFL simulcast in Houston.  On the face of it, everything except HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (which fell a bit) was up 0.1-0.2 for the night, but when final numbers are in those may be even or a trifle down.  Still, it appears that the bottom didn’t drop out of PARTNERS, currently listed as up a tick to 2.2, and that may give it a little more rope.

FOX:  Thinking of the bottom dropping out… both BONES and THE MOB DOCTOR were down slightly, which in the latter’s case meant it fell below the line to a 0.9 rating.  (Bones was at 2.0.)  Only FOX’s shuffled baseball schedule is keeping that show on Monday’s air for the moment.

ABC:  DANCING WITH THE STARS was even at 2.1, but CASTLE had a nice night, up 0.3 to 2.2, which should put it ahead of CBS when final post-football numbers are released.

CW:  GOSSIP GIRL limped back for its final 10-episode season with a far from stellar 0.4, down almost half from last year’s 0.7 premiere.  90210 was hardly better at 0.5, way down from last year’s 0.9.

The networks continue to shower us with all-new episodes.  Particularly interesting tonight will be the performance of all the newly-extended sitcoms, GO ON and THE NEW NORMAL on NBC, and BEN & KATE and THE MINDY PROJECT on FOX.

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."