October 22, 2012


All the sports on Sunday’s air seemed to help the non-sports.

ABC: It was a good night for ONCE UPON A TIME, REVENGE and 666 PARK AVENUE, as the scripted trio all rose from last week.  Once was up by 0.3 to 3.3, REVENGE by 0.2 to 2.8, and 666 by 0.3 to 1.8.  The 8-9PM shows probably benefited from the atypical FOX competition, while the football overrun on CBS pushed 666 against the lower rated Good Wife rather than The Mentalist, its usual foe.

CBS:  As noted, overtime in the Jets/New England game pushed the CBS schedule even later than usual, with shows starting almost an hour later on the east coast than on the west.  That will mean some adjustment in the final numbers, but 60 MINUTES (which featured a story on Steven Spielberg and his upcoming Lincoln) has a very healthy 3.3.  THE AMAZING RACE, however, slumped to 2.3, while THE GOOD WIFE had a preliminary 1.9, higher than its usual number but below what THE MENTALIST (which didn’t air on the east coast) normally does at 10PM.

FOX:  The NLCS BASEBALL PLAYOFFS had a preliminary 1.7.  That will go up, because west coast numbers will increase due to San Francisco’s participation, but nowhere near the numbers FOX usually does with The Simpsons and Family Guy on Sundays.

NBC:  Possibly because of the baseball competition on FOX (however low-rated), or because Pittsburgh/Cincinnati wasn’t an attractive match-up, NFL FOOTBALL was down a bit from previous Sundays this season, although still far more than enough to win the night for NBC.

Because of last week’s rain postponement, Game 7 of the NLCS Baseball Playoffs will air tonight, against the final PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE on every other broadcast network except CW.  In the night’s opening hour, NBC and ABC will have fresh, truncated episodes of THE VOICE and DANCING WITH THE STARS, while CBS airs reruns.  On cable, Syfy has the season (series?) finale of ALPHAS.

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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."