November 8, 2012


It’s good to be one week after Halloween, as week-to-week comparisons in most cases look unusually good after last week’s low holiday numbers.  The exception is wherever The Voice comes into play.

ABC:  Everything was up, by as much as half a ratings point in the cases of MODERN FAMILY and SUBURGATORY.  It may be more instructive to compare last night’s numbers to 2 weeks ago.  On that basis, THE MIDDLE, THE NEIGHBORS and Suburgatory were all mildly up by 0.1-0.2 (at, respectively, 2.8, 2.1 and 2.9), NASHVILLE held steady at 2.0, and Modern Family was actually down a bit, off 0.2 to 4.7.

CBS:  Similarly, if comparisons are to 2 weeks ago rather than to Halloween, SURVIVOR and CRIMINAL MINDS were both slightly down (to 2.7 and 3.0) instead of slightly up.  CSI is an exception, since it had no Halloween drop:  it was down 0.1 to 2.3 compared to either week.

NBC:  Because of Election Night coverage, the usual Tuesday THE VOICE had to be moved to Wednesday, and while the 3.7 was puny by Voice standards, it was massive compared to NBC’s normal Wednesday, giving the network the win for the night.  That giant lead-in also did wonders for CHICAGO FIRE, up an amazing 0.7 from last week (and 0.5 from 2 weeks ago) to 2.3, tying it for the lead in the hour.

FOX:  The Voice‘s move doomed the night’s X FACTOR, which fell to a new low 2.6.  That was off only 0.1 from last week, but down almost a full rating point from October 10, the last time the show ran on a Wednesday undisrupted by baseball or Halloween.

CW:  A very strong night, post-Halloween or not.  ARROW was at 1.3, its best number since the premiere and up 0.3 from last week and 0.2 from 2 weeks ago.  That carried SUPERNATURAL to 1.0, up 0.2 and 0.3 from the last 2 weeks.

November sweeps provides all-new line-ups tonight, including the first episode of GLEE to air in a month.


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."