November 22, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Don’t get too attached to those CG dinosaurs.
FOXTERRA NOVA barely bothers with those creatures these days anyway, being more concerned with dull conspiracies among humans (points to anyone who can figure out what the “time fracture” means), and it may not be showing anything for much longer.  With just a few episodes to go and a massive budget/license fee, this isn’t a good time to be matching the season’s lowest rating with a paltry 2.1.  HOUSE was almost as unimpressive, also tying a season low with 2.5.

ABC:  Beginning its 2-part season finale with a 1-hour episode, DANCING WITH THE STARS should hit its best rating since the season premiere even after football adjustments.  That provided a fine set-up to the new charitable game show YOU DESERVE IT, but that debut went absolutely nowhere with a lousy 2.1.  CASTLE managed to rebound from that with what should be a fairly standard number even after football is taken into account.
NBC:  Preparing for its own season finale, THE SING-OFF pretty much shuffled in place, but ROCK CENTER, soon to move to Wednesdays, could only manage a horrible 0.9.
CBS:  What are slips of a few percentage points to mighty CBS?  Every one of its shows fell from last week, and every one of its shows won its time-slot.  (Notably, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER didn’t attempt to promote the major plot twist that concluded the episode–had the show pushed that development, it may well have scored higher.)
CW:  It looks like GOSSIP GIRL‘s glory days are over, but it did manage to climb 0.1 from last week, taking it out of the network’s cellar and tying it with HART OF DIXIE.  

Tonight’s numbers will be skewed by FOX’s special X FACTOR taking the place of GLEE and NEW GIRL, and ABC will air the 2-hour Dancing With the Stars cycle finale 9-11PM.

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."