August 6, 2013



Just how much is Time Warner Cable’s blackout of CBS affecting the network’s ratings?  The answer is unclear for now–on Sunday, Big Brother was even with the prior week in final numbers, and while last night’s Under the Dome was down, it had an excuse.  Helping CBS:  its strength in smaller, non-TWC markets.

Daily Comparison 2013 Mon Aug 5 three way

CBS:  UNDER THE DOME slipped 0.3 from last week to a new low 2.5, but aside from the TWC blackout, it also had to content with the post-Bachelorette finale show on ABC, which more than doubled that network’s usual number with Mistresses.  Earlier in the evening, the usual sitcom reruns were topped by 1.3s for 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly.

ABC:  THE BACHELORETTE was up 0.2 from last week to 2.6, but down half a point from last season’s finale–the lowest finale ever for the show.  The post-show was also at a new low with 2.5, down 0.6 from 2012.

NBC:  When the good news is that one of your shows has risen 0.1 from its series low, it’s not a good night.  AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR was down 0.1 to a new low 1.4, GET OUT ALIVE was up 0.1 from its low to 1.3, and SIBERIA tied its 0.7 low.

FOX:  Reruns, all at 0.7-0.8.

CW:  A new episode of BREAKING POINTE barely hit the meter with 0.1, not even as high as the 0.2 for the HART OF DIXIE rerun that preceded it.

All the networks except CBS have at least 2 hours of their regular summer original programming tonight.

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."