February 26, 2013


CBS takes a hit.

CBS:  The only good news of the night was that HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER held steady at 3.4 (although the episode itself was another “running in place” half-hour, as the show continues to put off reaching its conclusion next season).  After that, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT fell 0.3 to 2.6, and even worse, 2 BROKE GIRLS hit a series low 3.2 (also down 0.3), and MIKE & MOLLY dropped half a point to 2.7.  The night ended with a 1.4 for a HAWAII 5-0 rerun, still enough to beat NBC’s new programming in the hour.

ABC:  A steady evening gave the network the nightly win, as THE BACHELOR slipped only slightly to 2.9 and CASTLE was even at 2.3.

FOX:  BONES was up a tick to 2.3, but THE FOLLOWING lost some momentum, down 0.2 to 2.7.

NBC:  Both THE BIGGEST LOSER and DECEPTION were even at a respective 2.1 and 1.2.

CW:  Very mild improvement, as THE CARRIE DIARIES edged up to 0.5 and 90210 did likewise to 0.3.

One reason CBS would have liked last night to go better is that tonight it launches its only scripted midseason series, GOLDEN BOY.  With just 2 days to go in February sweeps, all the networks feature fresh programming.  In addition, HBO begins its well-reviewed miniseries PARADE’S END.

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."