April 24, 2012



SMASHWatch likes it when Castle and Hawaii 5-0 take the night off.
NBC:  Last night’s episode of SMASH, written by (soon to be ex-) showrunner Theresa Rebeck, featured a Bollywood fantasy number, a plot to undermine Our Precious Karen that seemed to have been cribbed from a 90210 episode, and a desperate, failed attempt by Julia’s son to flee his family and thus the show.  Nevertheless, with subpar competition on the other networks, the show climbed to a 2.1, its highest number in 3 weeks.  The CBS repeats also helped THE VOICE hold steady for the first time in almost 2 months, tying its season low 3.7, which was enough to hand NBC the night.

ABC:  DANCING WITH THE STARS has been very steady over the past month, and even with a lower level of CBS competition it was up just a sliver to 3.0.  The network followed it with a special dance-oriented 20/20, which was in the CASTLE range at 2.1.
FOX:  HOUSE, helped by CBS (and perhaps some momentum due to its impending demise) went up to a 2.3, tying its best number of the month, after BONES scored a 2.2 for the 3d consecutive week.
CW:  GOSSIP GIRL and HART OF DIXIE both tied season lows of 0.5, down a bit from last week.
CBS:  An all-repeat night, although with 5 shows all in the 1.6-2.0 range, it looked like an evening of original programming most nights at NBC.
CW premieres the final arrival of the 2011/12 broadcast season tonight, the imported (low-budget) soap THE LA COMPLEX.  CBS continues running repeats in the last couple of days before May Sweeps begins, otherwise everything is new except LAST MAN STANDING on ABC (and the repeat NEW GIRL that will fill out the 9:30PM slot on Tuesdays for the next few weeks).

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."