January 29, 2013


The season may have its first genuine drama hit.

FOX:  Last night might be slightly skewed by the fact that CBS was in reruns.  Nevertheless, THE FOLLOWING showed enormous strength by actually rising in its 2d week on the air, up slightly from last week’s premiere to 3.3.  That’s the opposite of what most shows, even successful ones like Revolution, do after a big premiere, and it suggests strong word of mouth.  (In addition, The Following, unlike Revolution, doesn’t have the benefit of a huge Voice lead-in to prop it up.)  At the very least, it proves the public is fine with the show’s high level of violence (by broadcast TV standards).  In addition, BONES rose 0.3 to a season high 2.6.  Both FOX shows won their respective hours–although that part is likely to change when CBS is back with fresh episodes.

CW:  THE CARRIE DIARIES was steady at a so-so 0.5, but 90210 collapsed to a dismal 0.3, putting it on the critical list even for CW.

NBC:  Despite the lack of competition from CBS, THE BIGGEST LOSER fell slightly to 2.3.  At 10PM, DECEPTION couldn’t beat a Castle rerun, and held even at 1.3.

ABC:  THE BACHELOR was steady at 2.5, in 2d place for both of its hours.  The CASTLE rerun at 10PM won its hour with 1.4.

CBS:  An all-rerun night was highlighted by the 2.3 for an 8:30 BIG BANG THEORY.

Tonight, ABC airs the regular 1-hour version of THE TASTE, and then has the HAPPY ENDINGS doubleheader that will occupy the 9PM hour now that DON’T TRUST THE B— has essentially been canceled.  That leads in to a rerun of last week’s big JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE with Matt Damon, which can only help Kimmel, who has been looking remarkably good with 18-49 year olds in latenight, often tying or even beating Jay Leno.  FOX, having officially canceled BEN & KATE, airs a full hour of RAISING HOPE at 8PM.  On cable, USA has the season premiere of WHITE COLLAR.

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."