December 11, 2012


As expected, football adjustments in Boston and Houston lowered ABC’s and CBS’s numbers for the night, which are reflected below.  Also, GOSSIP GIRLwhich was already at a season high, climbed even higher to a genuinely good (for CW) 0.6, which may bode well for its 2-hour series finale next week.


Some of the seemingly dramatic rises will be reversed in a few hours due to local NFL simulcasts on CBS (in Houston) and ABC (in Boston).

NBC:  THE VOICE fell a bit from last week to 3.8.  The premiere of TAKE IT ALL did an OK 2.2, which NBC will consider a win if it can hold up for the remainder of the show’s 1-week run.  A MICHAEL BUBLE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL didn’t find many takers with 1.4.  (The latter was down heavily from last week’s Blake Shelton Christmas Special, which had a 2.2, but that one also had the benefit of a Voice lead-in.)  In addition, note that Take It All fell from 2.4 to 2.1 in the course of its hour, and the Buble special likewise fell from 1.5 to 1.3.  Since the last half-hour of The Voice was at 3.9, that means by the end of Take It All’s last half-hour, it had lost almost half of its lead-in audience.

FOX:  Even the specials won’t pop for FOX on Mondays, as the AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS only reached a 1.4, off 0.6 from last year’s 2.0.

CW:  Viewers seem finally to have noticed that they won’t have GOSSIP GIRL to kick around much longer, as its penultimate episode set a season high with 0.5 0.6 (up from 0.3 last week, a rise that looks even better in percentage terms).  That followed a big (in context) 0.6 for 90210.

CBS:  The pre-football adjustment Even after football adjustments, the numbers are all good:  3.3 3.2 for HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (up 0.2 0.1 ), matched followed by a 3.0 for a rerun BIG BANG THEORY at 8:30PM, then 4.0/3.9 3.7/3.8 for an hour of new 2 BROKE GIRLS episodes (up 0.5 0.2 in the first half-hour and up 0.8 0.7 in the second over last week’s Mike & Molly), followed by 2.7 2.5 for HAWAII 5-0 (up 0.4 0.2).  But again, these numbers are unlikely to stand up.

ABC:  Similarly, the 1.3/1.5 for 2 hours of EXTREME MAKEOVER:  HOME EDITION (up 0.4 in each hour from last week) and the 1.3 for a CASTLE rerun will be revised later today. Post-football adjustment, EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION had a 1.1/1.2 for its 2 hours (up 0.2 at 8PM and 0.1 at 9PM from last week), and a CASTLE rerun had a 1.1.

Tonight, Take It All continues its run on NBC, while the other networks have new episodes of their regular shows, apart from a couple of holiday specials on ABC and CW.

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."