November 12, 2012


Even more than most Sundays, last night there was football… and everything else.

ABC:  A dismal night for the network’s scripted shows.  With a football overrun stretching into the 8PM hour on FOX, ONCE UPON A TIME (featuring an episode that strayed from the path of the season’s central storyline for an hour about the Red Riding Hood/Wolf character) tumbled 0.7 from last week, all the way to a series low 2.7.  REVENGE was down 0.3 to 2.4, and although ONCE UPON A TIME stayed steady with last week, that tied its series low 1.3.

CBS:  As usually happens when CBS doesn’t have the late national football game, 60 MINUTES was way down from the preceding week where it did, hitting a 1.7.  THE AMAZING RACE was down 0.2 from last week to 2.4.  An excellent THE GOOD WIFE (although the writers might have considered bringing in some specialists to punch up Christina Ricci’s “comedy” material) and THE MENTALIST both held at last week’s 1.7 and 1.8.

FOX:  The full-length overtime for yesterday’s San Francisco/St. Louis game (resulting in the first NFL tie since 2008) extended NFL FOOTBALL 20 minutes into the 8PM hour, which pushed the network’s animation line-up accordingly, including the ballyhooed 1-hour 200th episode of FAMILY GUY.  We won’t know until final numbers are released just how the regular shows did, although preliminary ratings for the 8:30-10PM period indicate higher numbers than usual.

NBC:  And then there’s SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, down slightly in preliminary numbers from last week, but still more than enough to give the night to the Peacock.

The second Monday of November sweeps features new regular line-ups from all the broadcast networks.  Yes, that includese THE MOB DOCTOR.

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."