November 19, 2012


Not a tuneful evening.

ABC:  The AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS collapsed to a 3.4, the highest non-football of the night and somewhat higher than what ABC has been doing on Sundays, but down 0.9 from last year’s telecast.

FOX:  Without the benefit of last Sunday’s NFL overtime lead-in, THE SIMPSONS and BOB’S BURGERS were way down (0.7 and 0.6, respectively), but they were in line with the numbers from 2 weeks ago at 2.5 and 1.8, as was FAMILY GUY at 2.5.  AMERICAN DAD, at 2.0, was up 0.2 compared to 2 weeks ago.

CBS:  NFL overrun pushed the network schedule by almost a half-hour in most of the country, making the overnights more preliminary than usual.   That probably means the current 60 MINUTES number is overstated, while THE AMAZING RACE, THE GOOD WIFE and THE MENTALIST (only a few minutes of which aired in primetime) look to be in their usual neighborhoods.  

NBC:  Last night’s Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh match-up generated limited enthusiasm, so although NBC naturally won the night,SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL may be down as much as a full ratings point from recent Sundays.

With PARTNERS laid to rest, CBS is airing a 2 1/2 MEN rerun in the 8:30PM slot tonight; all other shows are new.  The evening’s parlor game will be observing whether REVOLUTION can stabilize after 3 consecutive weeks of ratings declines.

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."