February 19, 2013


A good night for those seeking true love and serial killings.

FOX:  A big sigh of relief was breathed at FOX as THE FOLLOWING bounced back to 2.8, up 0.4 from last week (and the episode ended with a cliffhanger that should keep the show going into next week).  The result looked particularly good because lead-in BONES was slightly down for the week at 2.1, meaning lots of viewers tuned in at 9PM just to watch the weekly murder spree.

ABC:  THE BACHELOR was a strong 2nd place to CBS in the 8-9PM hours, with a 3.0 that was up 0.3 from last week.  At 10PM, CASTLE moved into an unaccustomed if narrow lead, up 0.2 to 2.2.

CBS:  An up and down night.  A particularly low-wattage HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (the show is now reduced to backtracking on its own storyline with an episode set largely in 2010) was nevertheless up 0.2 to 2.4, and RULES OF ENGAGEMENT was even at 2.8.  2 BROKE GIRLS was down 0.2 to 3.4, MIKE & MOLLY was up 0.1 to 3.1, but then HAWAII 5-0 fell the same 0.1 to 2.0.

NBC:  Up is better than down (in ratings if not in weight loss), and THE BIGGEST LOSER scraped to a 0.1 increase from last week’s season-low 2.0.  DECEPTION remained nowhere with a steady 1.2.

CW:  THE CARRIE DIARIES continued its decline to 0.4, down another tick from last week.  That was far better than 90210, though, which certainly seems fated for an off-air zip code with an awful 0.2.

There are 2 premieres tonight:  the new series CULT on CW will be hoping viewers’ appetite for murder goes beyond The Following, and then ABC brings back BODY OF PROOF at 10PM.  The last hour of the night will also be NBC’s time to pray that SMASH somehow does better than its season debut two weeks ago suggested.

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."