March 5, 2013


CBS reruns don’t change much for the other networks.

FOX:  Last night’s THE FOLLOWING felt a lot like an episode of 24, and parts of it were borderline ludicrous, but it was the game-changer the series needed, allowing it to broaden its canvas from here on.  In CBS’s absence, it was the highest-rated show of the night, although just even with last week at 2.8.  BONES started the night down 0.1 at 2.2.

NBC:  THE BIGGEST LOSER and DECEPTION were each down 0.1 to 2.1 and 1.1 respectively.

ABC:  THE BACHELOR was down 0.2 to 2.7, and a CASTLE rerun took the 10PM hour with 1.4.

CBS:  Not surprisingly, surrounded as it was by repeats, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT hit a season low 2.2, down half a point from last week.  The sitcom reruns were steady with 1.6 for HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and 1.7 for both 2 BROKE GIRLS and MIKE & MOLLY, followed by 1.3 for HAWAII 5-0.

CW:  THE CARRIE DIARIES edged up to a still-undistinguished 0.5, then the canceled 90210 had a 0.3.

Tonight is mostly new for all the networks, and likely to be dominated by a special 2-hour AMERICAN IDOL on FOX.  USA airs the season finale of WHITE COLLAR,

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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."