January 10, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Salem
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A night mostly on pause for college football.
ABC:  Although the network took the night, it wasn’t able to make as much hay with its female-skewing programming as one might have expected, on an evening where the main event was the BCS Championship college football game on ESPN.  THE BACHELOR, facing repeats on 3 networks, lost 0.2 from its season premiere, and then CASTLE, airing a new episode for the first time in over a month, was a lot closer to its season low than its high.

NBCWHO’S STILL STANDING? did what it’s been doing, up 0.1 from its Monday night average.  FEAR FACTOR, predictably, hit a season low 2.2 with its male-skewing crowd, and it dragged ROCK CENTER to a 0.8 series low.  NBC is just counting the Mondays (3 more) until it launches its new Voice/Smash line-up… what was that day again?  Oh yes, the night after the Super Bowl.  If only they’d air some promos to remind people…
CBS:   The Rerun King came within 0.1 of winning the night with no original programming at all.
FOX:  ALCATRAZ premieres next week; meanwhile, 2 rerun episodes of HOUSE managed a 1.1.
CW:  The long draught of repeat Mondays is nearly over, but last night was another pair of 0.3s.
Tonight, the 2d episode of WORK IT airs, and we’ll find out what word-of-mouth has wrought.  ABC, CBS and NBC air new regular episodes, while FOX and CW remain in repeats.

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."