June 5, 2012



If only NBC could just show talent competitions…


NBC:  If it weren’t for a 1.0 GRIMM rerun at 10PM,  NBC would easily have won the night.  AMERICA’S GOT TALENT was Monday’s highest-rated show at 3.2, up a nice 0.4 from last Monday, and AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR was up slightly to 2.2.


FOX:  With only 2 hours to program, the network took the night with its duo of Gordon Ramsay shows.  HELL’S KITCHEN premiered with a 2.4 that was just about even with last year, and MASTERCHEF proved perfectly compatible with a 2.3, far better than last year’s parallel episode (that lacked Hell’s Kitchen as a companion).

ABC:  THE BACHELORETTE‘s 2.1 was up a bit from last week but 3rd place in both its hours, then a 10PM CASTLE repeat fell to 0.9.

CBS:  All reruns, highlighted by 1.5 for 2 1/2 MEN.

CW:   Has any broadcast network ever achieved a rating rounded down to 0?  CW may be getting there, as its rerun of THE CATALINA, watched by only 335,000 people in the country, had a 0.1.

Tonight’s only new scripted programs are on cable, as TNT premieres the 3rd season of RIZZOLI & ISLES and the 2d season of its legal comedy FRANKLIN & BASH.  The broadcast networks are full of reality shows:  AMERICA’S GOT TALENT leading in to LOVE IN THE WILD on NBC, more Gordon Ramsay on FOX, and on ABC, a Queen’s Jubilee concert from London with Paul McCartney, Elton John and Annie Lennox among the performers.  All will almost certainly be outrated by Game 5 of the Boston/Miami NBA PLAYOFFS on ESPN.

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."