April 10, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Salem


SMASHWatch has plenty of company in Season Low City.

NBC: For the past 2 weeks, SMASH‘s initial rating has declined in the final daily numbers. So although right now it’s at its 3rd consecutive 2.1 rating, a drop to a new season low 2.0 could be in the cards by the end of the day. THE VOICE was also at a season low (currently 3.9), which still made it the top-rated show of the night and enough to carry the evening for the network.

CBS: With only its 2d week of new episodes out of the past 6, the network hit season lows for HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, 2 BROKE GIRLS and 2 1/2 MEN. MIKE & MOLLY and HAWAII 5-0 were slightly up from their last new airings.

ABC: DANCING WITH THE STARS tied a cycle low, although slightly above its low for the season. A repeat of the SCANDAL pilot generated little interest at 10PM.

FOX: BONES fell heavily to 2.1, and then HOUSE hit–you guessed it–a season low 2.0.

CW: GOSSIP GIRL and HART OF DIXIE were both at low-end (even for CW) 0.5s.

Tonight brings original episodes of regular programming just about everywhere, with FOX delighted to welcome GLEE back to its line-up. On cable, the main event is the season finale of FX’s JUSTIFIED.

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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."