November 21, 2012



AMC:  The zombies were a bit subdued this week, as THE WALKING DEAD went back to its 4.9 level from 2 weeks ago, after last week’s climb back to 5.6.  As the show finally neared the intersection of its prison and Governor storylines, the combination of the 9PM airing and the 10PM rebroadcast put the 18-49 primetime total at 6.7 despite the decline, just slightly below the week’s highest rating on television, the 6.9 for Sunday Night Football.  TALKING DEAD was also down a bit to 1.0, despite guest Sarah Silverman on the couch, and COMIC BOOK MEN held even at 0.5.

SHOWTIME:  The network’s drama pair has become–surely by coincidence and not planning–a 2-part excursion into spectacularly disturbing romance, as Dexter and Hannah continued their serial killer bliss and the series added a little semi-incest to the mix (even Isaak had his story deepened by a sad story of love gone bad), while Carrie and Brody couldn’t keep their hands off each other.  DEXTER was even at 1.1, while HOMELAND slipped slightly to 0.8 (although it was virtually even in the older-skewing total audience category).

HBO:  BOARDWALK EMPIRE, 2 episodes from its season finale, finally roused itself from torpor with a surprise death (surprising in its timing, anyway) and something that resembled pace.  It was up for the week at 0.8.  TREME, even in its penultimate episode of the season, doesn’t concern itself with such things (although the police corruption storyline did ramp up a bit), and remained in its usual 0.2 part of the Big Easy.

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."