November 26, 2012


We don’t know yet how Lindsay & Dick did on Lifetime.

ABC:  ONCE UPON A TIME rebounded to 3.0, up 0.3 from its last episode, which aired against an NFL overtime game (ABC’s primetime line-up was preempted last week for the American Music Awards).  But a flashback episode of REVENGE fell to a new low 2.2, and dead-show-walking 666 PARK AVENUE tied its low 1.2.

FOX:  As usual, airing the late NFL game boosted the network’s animated series, with THE SIMPSONS the main beneficiary, up 0.9 from last week to 3.3.  BOB’S BURGERS and FAMILY GUY were both up 0.2, to 2.0 and 2.8, respectively.  THE CLEVELAND SHOW, airing in what’s usually the American Dad slot, had a 1.9.

CBS:  60 MINUTES was at the opposite end of the NFL effect, down 0.8 to 2.2 from last week when it aired after a football overrun.  THE AMAZING RACE and THE GOOD WIFE were basically even at 2.5 and 1.8 (Race was up a negligible 0.1), and although technically THE MENTALIST was up a big 0.4 from last week’s 1.4, that’s misleading since the football overrun pushed most of last week’s episode out of primetime.

NBC:  The winner of the night, of course, with a SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL game that has a preliminary 6.7, up from last week’s game.

With November sweeps over and the holidays approaching (not to mention the fact that most series have aired at least half of their 22-episode orders and need to take a break so the rest can last till May), many shows will start airing “fall finale” episodes and then going on hiatus.  Tonight brings the last REVOLUTION until March 2013, as well as the start of the 2-part DANCING WITH THE STARS cycle finale.  ABC will also air 2 hours of EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION.

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."